Everyone loves a happy ending. The project has successful results and comes to an end; it is the happy ending that we strive for and the favorite part of the project. What happens, though, when the project is rushed to be completed?
So often our minds want to get to the last step, to come to fruition, to wrap things up so that we can declare the project is finished. It is sad when the project finishes with disappointment. Something went awry and then quality management wants to conduct a cause analysis. Did project team members “jump the gun” to get started and got off the starting too soon? Did the project barely get started and participants only have eyes on the finish line and did not give sufficient attention to flush out the details of the project.
Skipping steps to get to the last step can yield to an inferior result. The emphasis on the project deadline often results in project shortcuts.
Wise project leaders see and understand what it takes to produce a successful ending. It is caused. Causes are the result of something that went before. Think about this. Causes generate consequences which in turn bring about a successful or a failed conclusion. It is prudent to fully understand the scope of the project and what it will take to make for a successful ending. Every step of the way is made possible by the preceding step.
Harry Emerson Fosdick, am American Pastor and one of the most prominent ministers in the early twentieth century said, “He who cannot rest, cannot work; He who cannot let go cannot hold on; He who cannot find footing cannot move forward.”
A successful project requires a firm footing, taking the time to rest and reflect, reviewing the plan and progress, and taking all the steps.