Posted by: kerrywills | February 5, 2016

Mike Tyson and Planning


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.

mike-tyson-on-strategy

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.

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