Monday, July 13, 2009

When in doubt stick it out

There’s an old saying in boxing (or really any martial like art) that ‘when in doubt, stick it out’, mostly referring to throwing a jab instead of doing nothing in order to keep the opponent busy. Well, the same holds true for project management. It’s always better to send out a ‘straw man’ (rough sketch/best estimate) then nothing at all. It provides a base to start a discussion from, provides a catalyst for others to react to, displays some form of action and direction AND above all sets a tone for the project. Don’t hesitate or be to conservative, others will take that as the tempo for the project and follow suit. Afraid that what you send out will cause a commotion? Well….that’s part of the PM job, isn’t it?

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