Parkinson’s Law* states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” So what does this imply? That we are either going to meet our commitments, are miss them – we are not likely to do better than the targets we set. This is obviously counter to “doing more with less.” And if we pro-actively take this into account (by setting more aggressive targets), we should be able to reduce project execution risk and support our goal of “doing more with less.” In my book “Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach” I expand on how to effectively set targets and expectations. It is very important to do this in a productive way, for if not, personnel issues can arise and the goal of “doing more with less” can be easily jeopardized.
*Parkinson’s Law. (2015, June). Available at http://www.fluent-time-management.com/parkinsons-law.html
The objective of this series of posts is to provide insights into the breadth of Holistic Project Risk Management, especially as it relates to satisfying an organization’s objective to “Do More with Less” – which, if done well will improve the organization’s business success. The plan is to provide 2 posts per week over the course of 10 weeks. Thus, there will be time in between topics to comment and/or reach out to the author for clarification or further requests. Past posts will be assembled and stored on the Build2Scale.net website for future reference.
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