Should Project Management Be Boring?
I was flying back to Nashville yesterday and was thinking about how we take flying for granted. Does anyone appreciate the fact that we are hurtling in an aluminum tube at 400+ miles an hour 5 miles in the air? And it is safe and relatively reliable. It is downright boring and we take it for granted. We expect it.
Our projects are usually exciting. They tend to be filled with challenges, impossible deadlines, late deliveries, politics, resource conflicts, poor team dynamics, changing requirements, clients that change their minds, and a rush to the finish line (only to start all over again).
What if our projects were boring? What if our processes and culture was such that the clients of our project management practices could rely on the project getting to the finish line reliably without a lot of drama and excitement? What would that look like?
Some problems I see:
- Do some of us like the drama? After all, if there was no drama, there would be less need for a top-level project manager.
- Is it possible to not have such a high level of drama or is it something we just have to accept?
- Clients and stakeholders can sometimes be sources of the drama.
- Does there need to be an underlying focus on changing the culture?
What are your thoughts?