Didn’t you see the 3 big orange cones?

Kathleen McQuilkin | 09.14.12
Topics: Project Management
I was walking in the National Zoo recently with my family and couldn’t take my eyes off the 7 lions out playing in the sunshine when, all of a sudden, I fell to the ground due to some uneven pavement. My daughter described it well when she said, “You took quite a tumble!” The fact that there were 3 large orange construction cones surrounding the small patch of uneven pavement that I never saw struck me as a good example of what often happens during projects – negative things happen despite good preventive efforts. It’s important to be realistic and to identify risks, response strategies, contingency plans, etc. – but sometimes problems still arise. However, by monitoring the project and continually controlling risks, you will hopefully be able to react quickly should a response strategy need to be implemented.

Side note: I was able to hold my iPhone up in the air during the entire tumble so it was not hurt. I credit my personal risk response strategy planning for the tight grip and twisting of the body to save the iPhone.

About Kathleen McQuilkin

Kathleen oversees DelCor technology management consulting practice with a PMP's eye (when the orange cones don't get in her way).

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