Category Archives: H

H is for… Heroes

We’ve all seen them, the guys that work all hours, they are always first in and last to leave, they seem to always be in the thick of it, people are always waiting for them to do something before they can move on, they’re always on-call, if they’re not still on-shift.

There’s no doubt that out there there are some of these types, and they will be genuinely good, valuable people who do some really good stuff. Yay them, keep it up guys. You’re keeping it all hanging together, thanks! Just be careful when you’re crossing the road please.

However, there is another side to this genre though, and you’d be well advised in learning to spot them. These are the self-made heroes. They’re not really heroes, they just play a clever game to make people think they are heroes. Really, they are manufacturing a need for themselves, they are making themselves indespensible because no-one eles could possibly do all the stuff they do, know all the things they know or sort all the problems they sort.

Watch out for them, they avoid passing on their knowledge, the learn new stuff and keep it to themselves and, best of all, the real pro’s in this area will manufacture problems that only they can fix. Allowing the yet another opportunity to ride in on the big white charger and save the day.

H is for… Horses for Courses

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of tools, templates, strategies, techniques, approaches and methodologies out there. There are lots of really good ones, in fact most of them probably are, or at least were great at what they were developed to do at the time they were developed to do it.

So, it can be a difficult time for you deciding what to use on your project.

Some things will be a given, taken for granted, others will need to be sourced and decided upon. You can seek opinion from your team, peers or even management about wwhat you should use or what approach you could take. But, as the person tasked with delivering the project, it should ultimately be your decision as to what you go with.

The main thing is to use the right tools for the job. If you’re thinking of adopting a new methodology, it makes sense to read up on it first and then decide if it would be suitable for your project. It’s a big internet out there, there’s lots of people willing to share their experience or opinion about just about anything.

Just because it’s new doesn’t make it good. Similarly, just because it’s been around for a while doesn’t make it any less relevant today.

What you have to do is balance up the options of the team’s experience in the tools/methods the changes in process, the risk of introducing something different.

Use the right thing for the right job, and your life will be significantly less complicated.

H is for… Hell

Sometimes, when all seems lost, and you think you are in PM Hell, turn to the words of Mr Kipling. No, not the ‘exceedingly good cakes’ one…

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!”

It’s worth reading the whole thing, if you haven’t already.
Now, we’re not saying you should run your project with this in mind, but it may make you feel better when the fan is up to full speed and the shovels are fully loaded.

Taken from ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling