A musical composition tells a story. Take for example, Mozart’s Requiem: Lacrimosa. As the music begins, the sounds of the soft strings and chorus provide a sense of mystery. The sounds fill you with wonder as you chart off into the unknown. The story has begun.
As the sounds and tempo begin to intensify, you go on an emotional ride consisting of high peaks and low valleys. The music eventually softens and the piece concludes. The story comes to an end.
In the same way, each IT project delivered is a unique composition that tells a story. Like Mozart’s Requiem: Lacrimosa, projects often begin with a sense of wonder. As you discover the project scope, it’s like the beginning of roller coaster ride. You slowly climb high into the sky. Filled with excitement and nervousness, you look around and realize you are in for a wild ride.
Suddenly, whoosh! You hit max speed into your first steep drop. The orchestra is playing at a pulsating high volume. The story has changed. No longer are you in the beginning of a discovery phase accompanied by soft strings and chorus, you are now surrounded by danger and chaos. Hold on because it’s going to be a wild ride.
Delivering the scope of your IT project will be as intense as Beethoven’s 5th symphony. Up until this point you only had a plan, but now you are in execution, where things get real.
Coming at you all at once are change requests, deadlines, defects and personality conflicts. These are just a few of the components that make up the challenges of the project story. On the flip side, team work, achievements, and feelings of accomplishment provide the high points.
The cast of the story usually includes a range of characters. Business executives, managers, team members and stakeholders all have a role to play. The main protagonists of the story are the project team members. For the story to come together like a great musical composition, everyone on the team needs to be in sync.
The leader of the team needs to be passionate, like an orchestra conductor. An orchestra conductor can hear the music so clearly that he or she can direct changes simply by waving their baton.
The project leader must do the same to keep the team on track. They need to direct the story and guide it to completion. If anyone is out of tune or out of sync, the project lead must correct it immediately.
In the end, all IT projects will complete. Whether they are successful or not, the music will fade away and the project team will move on. The story will come to an end.
The team then moves onto another project, where a new story will begin.
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