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Great Lessons in Project Management by David Pratt

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RISK MANAGEMENT   15

Even the Best Planning Does Not Eliminate Risk

The flight simulator was loaded on the flatbed truck in the frigid upstate New York morning air. It was February, and snow covered the ground. The night before, the locks on Dave’s garage door and car doors had frozen solid. It had taken a scorched screwdriver and more than one butane lighter to get him on the road to work that morning. Now he stood staring at the long flatbed with $20 million worth of motion systems, computers, simulator body, and F16 avionics. The crates stood a good eight feet above the bed of the truck.

He turned toward Craig, the project manager for ...

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