March 2017 President’s corner

 

Good Afternoon Members,

We are all hoping the rain will cease and Mother Nature will again bring us sunshine and blue skies.

In the past two weeks our family has experienced both good and not-so-good times while camping near Mt. Adams. Since we do not have the time to travel back to Alaska for the Iditarod, we chose to go to the snow and selected a site near Mt. Adams in Washington. Snow shoeing and other outside adventures lead to some pain and hospitalization. The pain remains however the hospital stay is over and things are improving. Another day in the life of outdoorspeople.

So how does the SWOT diagram work into this misadventure? Well during the not-so-good times I had time to think about how a good thing went out of control which helped return me to when some of my past projects and programs that also went into the proverbial dumper for no apparent reason other than the lack of good luck.

As with any PM tossed into the midst of an important Project or Program, you do your best with the “volunteered or loaned resources” to develop a risk mitigation and SWOT plan. Your research is thorough while your solutions are detailed and approved. You take off to Mt. Adams…I mean you begin your management with visions of success in your head. Ahhh what could go wrong >!?   Well, you receive word that your technology provider has a major distribution fire..or broken bones occur. Now what >?!

So this is where you take a deep breath, step back to the time to review your risk/issue plan along with your SWOT diagram. In those two documents you should find a way to begin to recover. Our Daughter would say..”Be flexible or morph to the situation..it’s all good”. Then I realized she is our child and has accidently absorbed the things we have spoken about. So let’s look at the issue and see what we can do to keep moving forward if your technology provider suffers a major distribution fire…

Strengths: In your RFP the major provider has answered your requirement of having multiple distribution locations to ship from. The fire did not affect production that they can speed up to meet milestones. Your mitigation plan has an option to phase in your implementation

Weaknesses: Technology hardware may be of different versions, options or not de-bugged. News of the fire has negatively impacted some of your stakeholder’s support. Schedule delays cascade to other work tasks.

Opportunities: You collaborate with provide and agree to newer technology but at the lower cost that what was quoted. Newer technology reduces cost to deploy and operate. End users have a more efficient experience.

Threats: Change can be a hard thing to accept by some stakeholders. End user experience can be compromised. Cost increases.

Within those few words of wisdom…you can see possibilities and courses of action to consider. You have a starting place for recovery.

Since our snow adventure took a turn for the not-so-good we were able to take the opportunities to TALK, not text to each other, understand again why campfire food is better than hospital snack bar food, our “Go” bags need additional supplies and finally a time-out from our day to day concerns to focus on a family member.

As the newly elected Chapter Leadership begin collecting educational event, social event and topics for our Professional Development conference topics for our 2018 Strategic meeting in late Summer, please drop me an email with your suggestions. An even better idea is to join us in that meeting. Please let me know you wish to participate and we will make room.

Take Care  Clyde