On Tuesday, I presented on “The Other Side of Risk” to my friends at PMI Olympia – our local chapter of the Project Management Institute. Lots of familiar faces – well, not lots, but enough – showed up to hear what I had to say. I told them that a perfect outcome for me would be if they left with some new ideas and I learned something. So, I think it went perfectly.
I rambled on a bit trying to cover too much ground. As I worked on my presentation over the couple of weeks preceding the big night, I kept refining it so it had a clearer theme. Since it was about “The Other Side of Risk” an obvious theme would be to find opportunities during risk management. I probably could have filled a comfortable 50 minute presentation with just that topic. That was part of the presentation, but I seem to always go for more. I got into different ways to present the idea of perfect outcomes and a perfect journey to get there. I added ways to understand perfection in a useful way, define perfect outcomes, turn risks into opportunities for perfect outcomes, and define perfect journeys to perfect outcomes so that the scope of the project includes all the stuff you need to do to get to perfect outcomes, not just deliver a product. Continue reading