Colorado Rockies

I know what you’re thinking, ‘What the heck do the Colorado Rockies have to do with project management!?’  Well I’m glad you asked that question, look no further than to our beloved manager, Jim Tracy, for the answer.

Robin Hood Syndrome – Take from the Rich and Give to the Poor.

As project managers we are often times responsible for managing several concurrent projects, with a static amount of resources that are to be allocated amongst each of these projects.  In my project failure blog I mentioned that some projects are doomed from the onset, and how a good project manager will identify these failing projects and terminate them ASAP.  However, many project managers fall into the trap of trying to salvage these ‘doomed’ projects by giving them additional resources from their ‘good’ projects.  This is definitely a catch 22 situation.  On one hand you’re throwing good money at a bad project, and on the other hand you’re suffocating your well performing projects by moving their resources elsewhere.

How the heck does this relate to Jim Tracey and the Rockies?

Jim Tracy has an overall strategic objective (winning the pennant) – which is similar to the strategic objectives of many organizations.  In this case his goal is to get to the postseason.  The thing I like about Tracy is that he does a great job of keeping this overall (strategic) objective in mind, while managing each of his sub-projects (each game).  He doesn’t throw unnecessary resources at healthy projects, for example, when the Rockies are playing a team that they overpower, Tracy gives our stars some time off (PS Carlos Gonzalez I love you!).

You got to know when to hold ’em, 
Know when to fold ’em,
Know when to walk away,
And know when to run. -Kenny Rogers

On the other hand, I like how he plays to win in 9 innings.  If you don’t win in 9, then your chances of winning come at the great cost of diminishing your resources (the bullpen) for the next project (tomorrow’s game), which ends up hurting your overall strategic goal (winning the pennant).  In summary, you need to identify your poor performers and nip them in the bud; doing this will save your organization valuable resources!  This sounds a lot like natural selection, apparently Charles Darwin was a project manager at heart…

C’mon Rockies… I’m ready for Rocktober!

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One Response to “Colorado Rockies”
  1. Bob Kois PMP says:

    GO ROCKIES. While I never thought about it in that way, I feel you have a cleaver way of brining many things together in your blogs. Thanks.

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