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Avoiding the OS Phase®

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Simple Strategies for Predictive Project Management

Published by Warwick House November 2006

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  • What is the OS Phase?
  • When the phrase OS Phase is introduced to any group of professionals, the first response is often confusion as to what the OS Phase means. The following OS Phase descriptions from the first chapter should make it clear.
  • The OS Phase can occur in any aspect of our lives.
  • The OS Phase on a project is when you admit that you’ve overrun the authorized budget limit or zoomed past the target end date without warning anyone ahead of time.
  • The OS Phase is the point in time when a perfect plan stops coming together.
  • The OS Phase is synonymous with the experience companies encounter just before they file for bankruptcy protection.
  • The OS Phase is the point in time when chaos reaches its peak and careers begin to change.
  • Once the OS Phase is understood, it is difficult to get it out of your mind. Every day we see projects, we see companies, we see many events that hit a crisis phase.  That crisis phase is the OS Phase.
 
 
  • Bobisms

    "Don’t let anyone ever convince you that the lack of a scope management process is okay."

  • Bobisms

    "It’s time to get everyone focused on fixing the process problems, not covering them up!"

  • Bobisms

    "The cover-up must never begin. If it has started, it must stop! Time spent on spin control is wasted."

  • Bobisms

    "The cliché, you’ll laugh about this tomorrow, probably originated after someone hit the OS Phase."

  • Bobisms

    "The sooner you understand and appreciate the reality of the OS Phase the sooner you will be able to start the recovery process."

  • Bobisms

    "If your project is in trouble, chances are that you’ve hit the OS Phase."

  • Bobisms

    "If the schedule isn’t representative of what is happening then the implication is that communication has broken down."

  • Bobisms

    "The schedule represents the primary communication tool between the project manager and the project team."

  • Bobisms

    "You can’t have a solid schedule if you have soft scope."

Table of Contents and Chapter Excerpts