Chapter 10. Speculate: The Planning Meeting

I know coaches who spend seventeen hours planning the perfect game only to lose because the shape of the football isn't round and they can't control the bounce.

Bud Grant, Coach

The Speculate cycle addresses Business Question 2 head-on: What will it take to do it? The "it" refers to the collective vision of the project, the vision that started with the sponsor and was extended to the crucial stakeholders as a result of the scoping meeting. Speculate is the second cycle of the Flexible Project Model, Critical Success Factor 3, of the overall eXtreme project management model. If the Visionate cycle is the big picture stuff—where the rubber meets the sky—then the Speculate cycle is where the rubber meets ...

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