A Mosquito Into A Mule

So you know the old saying about:

Making a mountain out of a molehill


That’s when you make a big deal out of nothing.


So yesterday, I heard the European version of this as:

Making a mosquito into a mule


Honestly, I like that version a lot better.


A mosquito bites and is annoying.


But a mule resists and is a very stubborn animal that can drive you crazy. 


You definitely don’t want to make a mosquito into a mule! ūüėČ


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

“Shock And Awe” Project Management

So this is a new type of project management and it can be very effective. 


It’s called (my name):¬†

Shock and Awe Project Management


This technique is similar to the military doctrine of shock and awe that uses speed and overwhelming power to dominate the battlefield and vanquish the enemy.


In project management too, there are often naysayers, Debbie Downers, resisters, excuse makers, and people that lay down obstacle after obstacle to progress. 


This invariably derails projects and causes them to fall behind schedule, go over budget, experience scope creep, not meet the genuine user requirements, and ultimately fail!


However, if you manage the project with “shock and awe” and set aggressive timelines, assign substantial¬†and very good resources, and move the project full speed ahead, then you can similarly create a momentum to the project that enables it to overcome the “enemies of the progress” (i.e. those that don’t really want it to succeed or are too busying covering their own a*ses).


This approach is¬†not¬†advocating speed at the expense of quality¬†nor¬†is it calling for cutting corners or riding roughshod over people, but rather¬†to the contrary, it calls for techniques similar to the military of moving with absolute focus, determination, efficiency, collaboration,¬†synchronization,¬†and overwhelming¬†“project power” to ensure it’s success.¬†

Projects, like battles, can be “won” by putting the right resources on the field and moving them to get¬†quick wins in rapid succession¬†(where the enemies of progress don’t stand a real fight) so that the projects get not only completed on time and within budget, but most importantly to real stakeholder satisfaction and the organization’s success.¬†


(Source Photo: here with attribution to AlexVan)