Do you feel lucky?

I don’t believe in luck.   I think the Roman philosopher Seneca had it right over 2000 years ago:

                  “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Luck doesn’t just happen randomly; it’s a result of planning, training, readiness and knowledge to take advantage of the situation at hand.   On projects, luck (good or bad) doesn’t happen.   You plan in advance for what needs to be done, identify and evaluate possible risks that might impact your project (either positively or negatively), you establish schedule and budget contingencies that is appropriate for the project, and then you execute the plan. 

I remember a quote from one of the most my insightful and entertaining project management mentors….

 

                  “Hope is not a methodology”

 

I also think it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.   If a little planning is good, then why not have a plan for every contingency.   While I’m on this series of quotes… consider this last quote attributed to the famous American General – George S. Patton Jr:

                 “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”

 

Do enough planning…. just enough planning, and then take action.    

And if you happen to find a four leaf clover today… then consider yourself lucky.

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