Chapter 1. Say ‘We’ll Take a Look at It’

Don’t agree to something that’s impossible

If you want to run a fast project then the first thing that you definitely don’t want to do is commit to something – a deadline, a budget, a target – that is completely impossible. The lesson of this first chapter is very simple: don’t agree to anything until you’ve had a chance to look at it.

Projects are dangerous things

Your boss calls you into his office, gathers up the pile of stuff and says, ‘Congratulations, you’re going to be leading the poison chalice project and I’m sure it’ll be a career-enhancing move for all of us. Oh, and by the way, we don’t know much about this project, but it has to be done by this date, you’ll have to do it with the team you’ve got ...

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