Planning and Project Management should fit together like hand in glove, because Project Management is Planning’s “grip” on the way things are really happening – and can happen – on the ground.
We think that a road trip like this one perfectly describes our take on this phase of any implementation.
The “Big Picture” is literally composed of a whole bunch of “Little Pictures,” down to the turn-by-turn street level.
The only real difference between this Google map and a real-world plan and project is that – in the Google map – roads may be closed or opened unexpectedly, but the roads that are there when you start this trip are pretty much going to be there on the trip and when you roll into town.
Plans and projects are always different from this. At any time, there may appear a completely new path from Table Rock to Rawlins, or the clearly marked highway into Casper can disappear as quickly as a key person on vacation or sick, or mad about something or someone [maybe you].
Or a hundred other things, some of which you can keep track of and some [most] of which you cannot.
This is planning and project management in the real world, which like it or not, is the one we’ve got.
“Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz
She should have had us do her planning and project management.