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The Adaptive Strategy

Posted on: July 5, 2011

In project management there exists  a technique called “Progressive Elaboration” which means that you may and will  not have all the ducks lined up in one row at start ,(who does anyway?)but as you proceed, it gets clearer and clearer as long as the end result is not significantly altered! This is different from “scope creep” which happens when there are unwanted or uncontrolled changes to a project (a property most projects should have a provision for) eg. lost or stolen merchandise at a retail store or data that does not relay a trend (analysts call it noise)

In this new planning strategy it allows fluidity as nothing is ever clear-cut defined way before execution. So why make rigid plans when the challenges are undefined especially while embarking on a project you have never encountered? It was this same strategy that Rick Carlisle the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks executed (as close to perfection), that realized the 2010/2011 NBA title win. As the game proceeded, he would change his players for optimal performance ! He would match the individual strengths to the weaknesses of their opponents and as they progressed, despite being the underdog, they won by utilizing this one technique. Of course there were many other techniques involved but this one probably had the bulk of the weight besides the fact that they have really good players!

You won’t know the entire experience until you act! So why make rigid plans? Be flexible!

Lee Kariuki

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