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Projects – Win Early

Project plans should try to plan for some unknowns. For large projects they include known risks, vacation time, maybe even the loss of a key person or a parallel business crisis. For smaller projects it’s just x percent of slack time that can be used as needed. You do what you can up front, adjust course as needed. Standard stuff in our profession, at least in theory.

My stance when it comes to projects it is “win early”. That means push hard today, try to get to and conquer the unknowns as soon as possible. It’s not the easiest strategy to implement – it can lead to pressure and urgency just for the sake of it. The goal is to not get complacent, not to get caught up in committee meetings, to try to make decisions now, or at least tomorrow, to deal with risks sooner rather than later.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Jason Brimhall on 26 July 2011

Good perspective.  Can't say that is a bad method.  Having decisions made early helps to set the tone and give the project a chance.

Posted by Kassan on 8 October 2012

thanks.     was good thing to get started something like SSC

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