Most people don’t enjoy planning. Everyone seems to want to get right down to “doing.” But if you want your project to be successful, make sure you start with a good plan, follow it, and maintain it!
It’s normal to facilitate planning by instituting governance, work flow, review boards, and other mechanisms. But how much is too much? What is the right balance?
Yes, you want to be successful. Sure, you don’t want to take on more than you and your organization can handle. Absolutely don’t over commit on what you can get done, BUT don’t underestimate what you can accomplish, and make sure you look at the big picture.
Sure you’ve planned, sure you’ve got the best people assigned to it, and yes, you’ve got all the executive support you can ask for. But something will go wrong. In this installment of my series on IT Transformation tips, I'll comment on the importance of contingency planning. Tip #6: Risk is inevitable - plan for contingencies but don’t over plan!