Introduction: Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something’. Robert Heinlein
By advocating being a 'lazy' project manager I don't intend that we should all do absolutely nothing. I am not saying we should all sit around drinking coffee, reading a good book and engaging in idle gossip whilst watching the project hours go by and the non-delivered project milestones disappear over the horizon. That would obviously be plain silly and would result in an extremely short career in project management, in fact probably a very short career full stop!
In some businesses and projects, risk management is described as an exercise in “ticking boxes.” This phrase means that people just follow the steps in the risk process, but with no real commitment or energy, and no belief that it will actually make any difference. The term “box-ticking” is always used in this negative way, as a bad thing to be avoided. But perhaps ticking boxes could be useful if we do it differently.
A couple of years ago a colleague of mine and I had a business trip to Milan. Driving in the car from Rome we started discussing about our experiences abroad. Sharing our experiences, we both discovered something in common in dealing with people. It was people perception of time and as a consequence, a different approach to life and of course to work. It wasn’t only something about differences in culture but there was something more entrenched in their personalities.
Project Management has matured greatly over the last 30 years with the help of organizations like the Project Management Institute (PMI®), PRINCE2® and the Association for Project Management (APM). A lot of tools for scheduling, estimating, budgeting, risk assessments, etc., have been developed and implemented within organizations. But as the basic project management methodology matures, new frontiers open up. Global project management is such a frontier.
This is the second article in the series of articles on project management politics entitled "Beat 'em with a STICK".
There were nine faces staring at me as I stood at the head of the table in the conference room. Some were programmers, testers, designers, a user interface specialist, a DBA on loan for a few weeks, whom I had met, knew of in the company, and some were complete strangers until this morning.
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