"No one ever made it to this point in their career by taking stupid risks … We’re going to kick this case upstairs.. .to someone with the latitude to clean up this mess without breaking into a sweat. We’re going to walk this upstairs to Thompson"

Richardson goes to Donaldson who goes to Thompson.

Project manager to project board to programme board to portfolio board to steering committee.

No project plan you ever put together lasts longer than the first project review meeting, let alone as long as the first crisis.

But why work on a project where the decision making point – the person who has the latitude to clean up the mess without breaking a sweat is so far above your head you get a crick in your neck every time you look for them?

Sure there are decision parameters … but you still end up writing briefing note upon briefing note, and rewriting them, hoping that *this* version will be the one that gets the decision made.

And, in the mean time, the project drifts later and later.

Original source – In The Eye Of The Storm

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