It’s been a tough week, and it’s only Wednesday morning. We’ve had a bunch of family illnesses — nothing deadly, but difficult to diagnose with long term effects. A very old friend of the family died. And because it’s June, the kids have a gazillion things with school and sports. I’m not quite back on East Coast time, so it’s been a tough week. And it’s only Wednesday morning.
I was originally going to title this post “Adaptability is Key for PMs,” but that would be incorrect. Everyone’s adaptability is the reason my family with our assorted projects is managing to get everything done.
I bet the same thing happens on your projects. Things happen. The build breaks, the performance isn’t quite right, some customer wants something different. Whatever happens, it’s not what you expected. The ability of you and the entire project team to adapt to whatever problems exist are the key to solving these problems and moving past them to achieve success. And there are weeks (sometimes even months) when adapting and problem solving seems like the hardest thing in the world to do.
This week isn’t fun for me, but it will be over whether I replan or not. I’ll replan and adapt, and determine ways to achieve at least some of the things I need to do before the week is over. And then I’ll replan next week to make the most of it. That’s all anyone can do. The more you adapt to your current state, the more you can create a future state that’s close to what you want. And for weeks like this, what else can you do?