“The Other Side of Risk” Philosophy

Dear Readers,

I find myself frequently trying to restate the philosophy of “the other side of risk.”  I’ve placed it here on its own page in the blog for ongoing reference.  I expect it to grow over time as a snapshot of what I’m trying to say or reinforce in the blog posts.  Each post is about finding ways to go deeper into or more clearly understand this philosophy, and to see examples of it in real successful projects or everyday life.

We should do three things to find what can go right on a project:

1. Balance project management focus on scope, schedule, budget, and risk with equal focus on opportunities for organizational and personal growth. Include selected opportunities for growth in the project scope.

2. Imagine perfect outcomes to identify strengths and opportunities to grow and develop.  Consider the perfect outcomes in defining project scope so that the project contributes to where you really want to go.

3. Make the journey as important as the destination.  We should build people up as we go rather than exhausting them to achieve project scope within constraints.  Achieving the outcomes and growth expected from the investment always goes beyond the project. The journey should be one people want to continue.  At its end, they should feel stronger and more ready for the next one.  Our projects should leave our organizations and the people in them better off in ways beyond the project.

Doing these things doesn’t undo the valuable project management processes we learn first as we become project managers (see the Project Management Institute’s “Project Management Body of Knowledge”).  It complements them by ensuring that we find ways to engage and support the people who will be doing the work on our project and delivering on its promises in the long run.

I hope you will give this philosophy a try and let me know how it goes.

Thanks for reading.

Copyright Glenn Briskin and “The Other Side of Risk” 2013

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