We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities
brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
—JOHN W. GARDNER—
The project manager called a team meeting for 9 A.M. the next
morning. "Don't be late," he said sternly. "We'll be discussing the
The team assembled promptly at nine as instructed. But the man-
ager was nowhere to be seen. At 9:20, one of the team members
called the manager's home and asked for him.
"He'll be a little late this morning," the manager's wife explained.
"He missed the bus."
Your project ran over budget, you didn't have the right people on your team, and you missed the final deadline. In fact, you went on vacation so you wouldn't be there when your boss found out.
If this describes your experience with projects in the past or your fear about future ones, then you need to find effective ways to plan and