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Martin Price
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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

‘The Single Minded Project’      coming out soon

In the world of athletics, runners know that to have a chance of winning they must ‘find their pace. When athletes run too quickly in the early stages of a race they find themselves short of energy as they near the finish. Fatigue has caught-up with them and they lose. Decisions made in the early stages of the run can significantly influence performance in the later stages. These choices offer no certainty but they do provide the elements of strategy and successful execution.  Like athletes, project players need to consider energy conservation and speed but here of course there is much more that will set the pace of progress. Players must choose which people and ideas to back and which to shelve; who to watch and who to challenge; when and how to consult the customer; what estimate to accept; when rework is necessary; how diligent to be and when to ‘parachute into’ an issue. What to do and how to do it will always dictate a project’s pace of progress.  

Every choice will impact the pace of progress and there is little certainty. Critical choices are the elements for managing risk and to shape successful enterprise. The book shows the project practitioner some of the critical choices that determine a project’s pace of progress and likelihood of success.  For the practicing project professional, critical choices centre on

The maturity of a project regime as a professional community and culture

Players’ behaviour in conducting the work and their usage of methodology

The quality of working relationships between a project regime and its host

The capacity of a regime to adapt to emergent and enforced changes

The extent and quality of players’ resolve, organisation and conversation

A regime’s resolve to occupy the ‘Value Zone’ of an enterprise.

 

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“Good cooking takes time. If you are made to wait, it is to serve you better and to please you.”  FROM THE MENU OF THE ANTOINE RESTAURANT, NEW ORLEANS

‘The mythical man-month’   Frederick P Brooks, Jr

 

“ ‘festina lente’: The meaning of the phrase is that activities should be performed with a proper balance of urgency and diligence. If tasks are rushed too quickly then mistakes are made and good long-term results are not achieved. Work is best done in a state of flow where one is fully engaged by the task.”.

‘Smarter, faster, better’  Karlin Sloan