Thursday, January 20, 2011

Projects: Details That Matter


One of the benefits of experience is the ability to spot the difference between details that can be worked out as the project progresses and ones that may become snares if they are not dealt with earlier.

Adolf Hitler equated the invasion of Russia with entering a darkened room. He quickly learned what was in that room.

On a far more micro-level, teams rush past the consideration of details because they are pressed by unrealistic deadlines or they are simply impatient and want to get the job done. Both causes are easily identifiable and should be discussed rather than accepted or ignored.

As Dwight Eisenhower used to tell his Cabinet, "Let's not be in a hurry to make our mistakes."

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