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why project managers are like coffee makers

Why Project Managers Are Like Coffee Makers

Bradley here, with a little observation for you…

So, there I am walking into the kitchen with my eyes still at half-mast, groping for the water container that attaches to our coffee maker…

I’m doing my best to keep quiet since the house is still asleep this early in the morning, and I gingerly proceed to make the morning chemistry.

Step 1: Put water into reservoir (check)

Step 2: Put filter into bowl (check)

Step 3: Put coffee grounds into filter (check)

Step 4: Assemble coffee maker (check)

Step 5: Turn on coffee maker (check)

Step 6: Wait 1:30 for fresh coffee (check)

Step 7: Drink coffee… ahhhhh (better living through chemistry)

Then, I got to realize how much project leadership is like making coffee…

In particular, how our contracts are structured to produce coffee reliably… every time.

See, every time I’m working on a project that needs a little TLC (that’s code for “recovery services”) I always start in the same place.

Because, our clients are like I am on Sunday mornings… they bought the coffee maker and all the supplies…they just want a fast and simple way to get a cup of coffee.

That means they have a set of expectations that they rely on… it is the contract.

So, the next time you’re trying to figure out why the job is so stressed out and your team as at its whits end… maybe you should go back to the contract and figure out what you promised and why its not going your way…

I’m just sayin’

Here’s to a mellow morning!

-b

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