“What Got You Here Won’t Get You There“ is one of the great books by Marshall Goldsmith.
The central theme is that the tools and habits that have helped us to achieve what we have now may not help to get to the next stage in life. Hence, we must find new tools, techniques, and habits to get to the next stage in life.
For example, the routine that helped to get to 30% body fat may not help to get to 10% body fat.
The same idea is true for projects too! As we make progress in the projects, we face different challenges. We cannot rely on the tools, processes, and rituals we used during the project initiation.
Things continue to change throughout the project execution. As a result, our assumptions, understanding, problems assessment, engagement, working conditions, communications, culture, priorities, constraints, and risks also change. Therefore, the Project team must evolve too.
We should not feel shy to update Project Initiation Documentation (Business Case, Project Charter, Project Schedule, or Project Management Plan), existing processes, and procedures.
To make progress to the next stage, we must make sensible adjustments.
Agility is the key!
Remember: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There!
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