Reid’s Laws of Project Management

40 Years of Project Learning

Reid’s Law #1 – Never Outsource Strategy.

Law #2 – The Law of Project Persistency: A project will persist as long as there is corporate will for the project.

Law #3 – Innovation is inversely related to outsourcing.

Law #4 – Requirements Documents are DOA.

Law #5 – Just because it’s possible doesn’t mean you should.

Law #6 – Everyone is a designer, especially in a design review meeting.

Law #7 – One good programmer will accomplish more than 10 mediocre programmers.

Law #8 – PM-101: Timeliness, Quality, Cost is all that you can control.

Law #9 – Projects exist for 3 reasons: ROI, Regulatory Compliance, Political Will.

Law #10 – Project Priorities: Strategy First, Client needs second, Solutions third.

Ground Hog’s Day – Again

“Perfect is the enemy of the good.” ~Voltaire
Done is Better than Perfect

If you have an unlimited budget and no deadline to meet you are far worse off than your startup competitor or most other companies competing with you. You probably have time to wait until everything is perfect and all new ideas are vetted before they are added to your website plan. Meanwhile, other companies in your space have updated their website multiple times and have furthered their strategy. If you’re waiting on the latest consultant you’ve engaged to reveal your strategy – you’ve already lost the race. Continue reading

Ask, Don’t Tell

Another interesting “active listening” technique that I’ve learned by observation is: reframing a statement as a question. in other words, Ask, Don’t Tell. For example: if you “ask” someone when something should be completed, instead of “telling” them when it’s due, you will get a much more thoughtful/active response. You also don’t take ownership away from the other person. (You do want them to take ownership and not come to you with every problem or question, right?) Continue reading

WAIT – Why am I Talking

I learned a new acronym last year that may help me become a better listener and better interviewer. WAIT means “Why am I Talking”. In other words, ask yourself if you should be listening instead of talking. It’s an important part of our jobs as web design, developers, and managers (or any job really) to deliver a solution that both meets the client’s needs and our own self-expectations. We can’t interpret our client’s needs if we don’t listen, repeat what we heard, and narrow the scope down to the essential parts crucial to success. Continue reading