Be Prepared for Black Swan When Managing Programmes
A ‘black swan’ is something big and unexpected. Just as soon as you begin to get that comfortable feeling that the programme is beginning to settle down, in will flap a giant black swan. You need to be prepared to deal with it.
Key: have a contingency plan.
Situation at the end: You will be saying ‘Well that was a bit busy few days, but we have come out the other end in pretty good shape.’
You are very busy, but sit down and think about the information you’ve gathered in the team you’re working with.
Imagine the most extreme black swan you can think of – the boss gets sacked, you merge with your biggest competitor, the budget or timescale is cut in half or doubled.
Run a simulation with some of your close colleagues are now you to deal with that black swan. Make it a bit of fun. Did at the end of the week, or one evening and provide something nice to eat and some silly prizes. A few beers won’t go amiss if that’s okay in your culture.