Guest Blogger – Darren Oemcke

“(I can’t get no) Satisfaction”

Any project manager that is genuinely satisfied with where things are at has one of two problems. Either they are not running a project, or they are missing something.

A project is like juggling chainsaws:

  • There is a lot of skill and effort in getting everything set up and going
  • Keeping things going is all about maintaining balance and focus – a push here and a nudge there
  • If you lose control all hell breaks loose, damage is done and it is a major job to get the juggling going again
  • Better to make sure that focus is maintained
  • A good idea to have a plan for when everything goes to custard
  • Even better to work actively to prevent anything going to custard in the first place.

Project managers are in a position where they are always seeking (and never getting) satisfaction through a range of avenues including risk management, value management, stakeholder management, community engagement, timelines, budgets, internal politics et cetera.

Go with the Stones; accept that you cannot get satisfaction. Go further; always be dissatisfied. If project managers are reporting to you, hope that they are never satisfied. If they seem calm on the surface, check to make sure their feet are paddling hard.

“You can’t always get what you want”

The Stones told us you can’t always get what you want. That is British understatement. You can never have what you want in Project Management.

That is because you want it now, you want it cheap and you want it good. Below is my take on an oldie but a goodie that goes: Fast, cheap, good – Choose two.

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