Plan for reality
Well, what does that mean?
Here’s a list to get straight to the point:
- Define “done”
- Prioritize the work based on value to the project
- The map is not the terrain
- The plan is always wrong, A.K.A. your Gantt Chart
- Don’t plan years in advance, just enough to keep your teams at capacity
- Size things relative to what you know
- Get serious about logical fallacies to avoid groupthink, etc.
- Stop using “I think how much time this will take” and start using a point system to estimate tasks
- Humans think in narratives. Think of who, then why, then what
- Religiously measure project velocity
- Shoot first, measure results second, adjust third
When you get more in touch with what’s real, you get more in touch with what works.
2 Minute Action:
Congrats on having a project.
Now make a list of everything that will go wrong.
Now estimate the likelihood of the 3 biggest risks.
What might you do to mitigate?
Now you’re more ready for reality.