Posted by: kerrywills | January 10, 2014

Attacking Zombies

Every project that I have worked on has had issues that just keep coming up and won’t die, so I refer to these as ‘zombies’. These are issues that you think have been resolved, but keep coming back from the dead. Here are some examples…

  • Decisions made that keep getting questioned or revisited
  • Errors or defects which re-appear several times
  • Action items or issues which were closed in the past and that have not really been closed


The key to attacking these zombies is to make sure that they are actually dead and not just wounded, because everyone knows that unless you hit their brains they keep moving. The zombie expert Rick Grimes teaches us that we need to fully close out the issue, action item or decision or they will just keep coming at us. We can’t just build up walls and hope that the zombies don’t come in, we must attack them head on (yes I intended to say that) and make sure that we close them out otherwise we will get overwhelmed by them and our projects will fail.


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