Mike Tyson once said that “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” I bet you didn’t realize that he was such a savant in managing projects. Based on my experience, I actually do not think that everyone really has a plan but we can assume that part for this thread. The key point is that although a plan may exist it doesn’t always come to fruition exactly how it was expected to.
The key is to figure out how best to react to these unplanned items and there are several ways to do this…
- Diligent management and transparency – better planning means more transparency into upcoming risks. Maybe this means you will see the punch coming earlier and can react a little quicker
- Risk management – look to avoid or mitigate the risk. This could be to block, duck or figure out the best way to “take” the punch
- Contingency plan – assuming a risk will happen a plan should be documented. Maybe buy insurance for a broken nose before the fight
So we should learn from Mike….well regarding Project Management as I am not suggesting facial tribal tattoos although that sure would make meetings more interesting.