If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Anyway
The mentality of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is an outdated philosophy that has proven to have catastrophic effects on project investments. Our projects are volatile endeavors filled with numerous uncertainties, dependencies, contingencies, and risks — not to mention the personalities and competing interests; they require a lot of attention and enhancement! Projects that just limp along without the required adjustments and improvements are sucking the lifeblood out of too many companies. In this ludicrously competitive new world economy, our project management mantra needs to shift from “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” to:
“If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Anyway!”
Effective project management that utilizes the most optimal business improvement tools is paramount to ensuring that our strategic investments are generating their intended results. There is always room for improvement. Our projects are constantly ripe for fixing, adjusting, and enhancing along the entire life cycle. We must never become complacent just because we feel our projects are rolling along smoothly. We can always get better. We must get better to remain competitive and to consistently achieve optimal and enduring business results from our project investments.
At the end of each chapter, you will find a section titled: Chapter Recap: Choose the Right Tool for the Job at Hand. The intent of these sections is to summarize the key business tools at our disposal that we can use to improve our projects and propel our businesses forward. We must be careful not to pigeonhole ourselves into a certain methodology, but leverage and deploy those tools and approaches that best satisfy our most stringent business goals and objectives. Adapt to the situation and business climate, because chances are they won’t adapt to you or your approach. You utilize the right tool for the job at hand (i.e., each project task) to build indestructible projects with enduring results.