In my last post, Guiding Community Change, we looked at how a community based initiative went from being a source of distrust and discord to a shining example of collective and collaborative community action. That fundamental change in direction delivered a community asset that will be enjoyed by present and future generations for years to come.
I just read an article written by a consultant for PMs about avoiding project mishaps. How interesting and typical that a project management consultant would suggest the answer is to bring in more consultants and project managers to save the day. Yet, some of the concepts were right on track – too few resources, lack of skills, lack of focus and of course everything is high priority.
Projects don’t fail because teams lack the skill or the will to succeed. They fail because they fall into the Void – the space where the org chart fails to establish clear owners and aligned incentives. In the Void, things slip through the cracks, conflicts don’t get resolved and progress screeches to a halt.