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Advanced Multi-Project Management by Kathleen Austin, Gerald Kendall

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42. Software Execution Requirements— Buffer Penetration, Project, and Resource Trends

The Premise

The tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 caused meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex, and the associated evacuation affected hundreds of thousands of residents. No one had time to read the thousands of pages of power plant operating procedures. Even if the disaster had happened in very slow motion, the manuals still wouldn’t have helped. History simply did not illuminate how to deal with such an event.

When project execution starts to go astray, it is like the beginning of a tsunami. When the earthquake hits, don’t run to get the PMBOK® Guide—it’s too late for that! The earthquake has struck, and your software ...

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