Time flies when you are having
fun. Time marched on while I am leading an ICD-10 program. We are moving into
May and then looking forward to summer in the USA. This means school vacations,
long days of sunlight and a "summer mindset" for people to get outdoors and
enjoy the nice weather after months of cold.
What are your plans for the
I don't have solid plans for the
summer yet. I know, I know - a project manager should already have the summer
vacation plans nailed down. However, we have a few mutually exclusive things in
flux at the moment that will impact our summer plans.
It is the same on many projects -
you know the general direction of an initiative (make plans for summer), but you
don't have all the information that you need to finalize plans. What should you
do in this situation?
1. List your probably options.
Should we go to Cape Cod, or the lakehouse for a week, or visit South Africa, or
paint out our home?
2. What is the drop dead date
that we need to make a decision? What is the lead time for each option? What is
the cost and benefit of each one? Can we delay until June to make a
3. Who else needs to weigh in on
each decision? Every family member, or is it simple dictatorial edict from the
4. When will we get together
again and replan?
If you can't make a decision now
and time must pass for other things to play out before you can make a decision,
then identify the information that you will need to make the decision, and plan
to make the decision at that time.
We never know everything up front
at the start of a project, or at the start of a summer vacation. However, you
can plan to replan, and anticipate some of the options that will be available to
you when you make your decision.