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Having No Plan Beats Bad Plan

June 10, 2014

geithner        curlee       hall        phillips

We walk a careful line between control and interference. Let things run loose, without direction and schedule, cost and scope all suffer. Exert too much control and it stifles people, strangles creativity, and hurts schedule, cost and scope. It is also rotten for team longevity. Tim Geithner’s new book provides an excellent prompt for musing on the challenges of crafting a project plan that provides the right amount of control which doesn’t interfere. In the book, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary during the 2008 financial collapse has a chapter entitled “Plan Beats No Plan.”  I disagree. The right plan beats no plan but when the right plan isn’t available no plan wins.

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