This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.
...there is a clear and easy test for failing projects: Stop it.
If a project is failing, a request to stop the project for formal planning sessions and time-outs will be met with the clearest indicator of a fatal disease: "We can't stop the project for planning, we have a deadline to meet !"
I can't decide whether this is more often related to a head-in-the-sand state of denial, or rather a misguided belief that delivering something is better than delivering nothing, even when that something is out of control.
I do know that it is based, at least in part, by an equally misguided belief that "progress" can be achieved without a plan supporting an objective. (Thanks to C. Keith Ray for the "pointage.")
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