I kind of understand senior managers wanting project managers and contractors to be able to predict with 100% certainty how long a project is going to take, and how much it is going to cost.
Certainty is nice. But like Father Christmas, who is also nice, it also doesn’t exist.
The future is uncertain – always has been, and always will be.
But unlike Father Christmas, the push for certainty is not harmless. It is probably the main reason projects of all kinds don’t achieve their objectives. It is also why project budgets are higher than they need to be, and why project durations are longer than they need to be!
By far the best way that I have found to manage projects is to use methods that are designed to embrace uncertainty.
This is what my unique methodology Breakthrough Project Management does.
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Ian is an academic and consultant who helps improve the performance of capital projects and programmes. Hi early career experience included 15 years working as a project manager on capex projects, 10 years in procurement, including being chief procurement officer for a large construction company, and 10 years management consulting with niche consultancies in supply chain and procurement.