Parkinson's Law _ Martins IT Consulting

Parkinson’s Law

Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993)
Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993)

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” – Cyril Northcote Parkinson – A brilliant satirical essay published on November 19, 1955 in The Economist magazine begins with this quote that is so often seriously called law.

A practical example :

Yesterday, a colleague is busy monitoring the occupation of his resources on one of his projects.
The last check was almost a month old.
Surprise! One of his resources that was allocated to 7 days on his project during this period actually charged 15 days of work !
But what work did he do on this project? He was not supposed to work so much! Was the initial estimate wrong? Did he commission my project while working on another project ? Now, I have to create a PCR (Project Change Request) and submit it to the IT Change Control Board because the consequence is that the Estimate At Completion of my project will now exceed by more than 10% the initial budget of the project !” .

Philippe MARTINS

Philippe MARTINS is a certified Project Management Professional (PMI-PMP)® and also a certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM)®. Its target is "GETTING THE THINGS DONE !"
The next challenge for Philippe is to achieve the Risk Management Professional certification (PMI-RMP) on 2019.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.