The Book of Tim: Anticipate and Be Prepared
by Tony Yost
Tim was a very positive and successful project/client manager that I used to work with. (His actual title was Solution Manager. Then he became the Solution Manager Managerā¦). Anyway, Tim developed a reputation for successful projects. He had a few guiding principles that I called āThe Book of Timā.
One of these principles, as Tim would phrase it, āIf you find out that a ābad thingā could happen, and you plan a solution to that ābad thingā, then the ābad thingā wonāt happen.ā
He was right about that a lot more than he was wrong. And, of course, if the ābad thingā did somehow materialize, we were prepared, so it wasnāt so bad.
This applies to every step of a project. As programmers, you anticipate what errors might happen and you write code to handle them. As presenters, you anticipate what might go wrongā¦say your laptop with the PowerPoint presentation gets misplaced/stolen…so you have another copy on disk with you. As the product launches, you anticipate where users might have trouble and you go over it with the Support group.
This does not imply that you should think negatively about your project. Quite the opposite. You plan for success, and part of that success is dealing with the ābad thingsā.
It seems like I remember the Boy Scouts had a similar mottoā¦ š