The Journey To Authentic Self
It sure seems like the pace of everything is getting faster and faster every day. Finding ways to maintain one’s sanity while managing large, fast-moving projects is an endless dance. When I was teaching a course on managing projects in e-business recently, one of my students asked me how I controlled chaos on my projects. My answer: “I plan for it!”
My job as a project leader is to keep the project flow moving, to meet deadlines, budget constraints, and most of all to manage my client’s expectations. I am not silly enough to think that I can ever really control things, but, I am smart enough to put the right things in place to make sure that maybe the roof won’t blow off when the tornado comes through (if you get what I mean). With good planning and a deep understanding of my team and client, and with an agile (digital) attitude, I have managed chaos for years.
On a project, especially in today’s complex and dynamic environments, chaos can be defined as “a state of the (project) system where the future development of the system is not predictable, or only poorly predictable.”(1) Basically, a small unpredictable event, like the delayed arrival of key resource materials, may be nothing more than a nuisance when it happens, but the cumulative effect of many deliveries not taking place over many months can delay you to the point of no return. When you are dealing with a complex and dynamic project, you are sitting on the edge of chaos most of the time, so you need to plan accordingly and not be overtaken by events.
I know it may sound over simplified, but believe me, most of the battle of controlling chaos is staying calm and practicing good project management. Do you have any steps that have worked for you?
Keep up the good attitude. See you next blog.