Posted by: kerrywills | April 21, 2017

You Got Some ‘Splainin To Do


On the classic television show “I Love Lucy”, Ricky is known for a famous line where he told Lucy that she had some “‘splainin to do.” In the world of projects, project managers always have some ‘splainin to do. This means that they are accountable for the entire project and therefore must be able to articulate (“splain”) the many aspects of their project….

  • The status of work
  • Key risks and mitigations
  • Financial progress and risks
  • Any schedule slippage

So in order to “splain” properly, project managers need to understand all of the moving parts and manage with diligence and transparency in a way that allows them to be able to articulate where things are and what the risks are. The last thing we want to do is to be in a meeting with senior people where we can not “splain” what is going on…or we will likely be cancelled like the I Love Lucy show.

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