carlpritchardCarl Pritchard is principal and founder of Pritchard Management Associates. He is a recognized lecturer, author, researcher, and instructor. As a trainer, he is the “fun guy” of project management, engaging audiences on topics from any of his seven textbooks, ranging from project essentials to the complexities of communication and team motivation. Carl served as lead chapter author for the Guide to the PMBOK, Risk Chapter (4th Edition). His work as an instructor takes him worldwide, training for learning organizations, private clients and the Project Management Institute®. He is US Correspondent for the UK PM magazine, Project Manager Today.

The Tools of Expectations

But you promised!! 

At some point in your life, particularly if you are a parent, you have heard those fateful words.  They are the marks of disappointment, frustration and lost opportunity.  They are the sound of shattered expectations.  For all of the tools of project management, there are very few that overtly capture expectations.  This goes beyond just meeting requirements.  It goes to meeting desires and mapping outcomes to the imagination of the recipient. 

There are three basic questions that can put us there.  

  • The future state question
  • The negative state question
  • The scenario question

And we need to know that if we ask the questions, we need to be prepared for the answers.  And if we cannot serve the answers, we need to effectively lower the expectations of those we serve.

Carl Pritchard - Project Management Trainer, PMP, PMI-RMP - Bringing FUN to Project Management - Professional Training/Coaching