PDHC - Plan, Delegate, Hope, Celebrate

Thank you mr. GM Weinberg for inspiring me to write this post.

PDHC - Plan, Delegate, Hope, Celebrate

Dear reader,

I started my career as a Software Tester back in 1999. I was quite interested in quality. That's why I was reading around, looking for lessons where I could learn how to achieve 'the' quality.

One of the most important and very simple lessons was the Deming circle or PDCA.
It basically says Plan, Do, Check, Act. And basically this is all I needed to know. All the blanks could be filled with some creativity and common sense. No rocket science here. (basically there is rocket science here because PDCA is an example of a closed loop control system which is used a lot in rocket science.) Ok...no neurosurgery here.

Still, in real life I have encountered many projects/managers/controles/VIP's who are very familiar with PDCA but are not using it in practice.

I guess that, what they are using in practice, is probably the 'best practice' since I have encountered it so many, many times.

The 'best practice' that I am writing here about is what I like to call:

PDHC or Plan, Delegate, Hope, Celebrate.

This practice follows these four steps:

  1. Plan: Isolate yourself, or few other men or women or however you want people to identify you, from the rest of the world and make a plan. Use Excel as a tool of your choice. Spend weeks, or preferably months in making this plan look good. Use colours. A lot of colours. This plan does not have to have any relation to reality. As long as it looks good and the numbers reside coherently inside the budget.
  2. Delegate: Once the plan is done, find people, call them resources and assigin the tasks from the plan to those people. It is really not important if those people are able to complete those tasks. By the way, they will also not warn you if it is not possible because it will make them look stupid. Anyone who dares to criticise the plan can be fired because of his incompetence or at least made look bad and unmotivated. So, no worries here neither.
  3. Hope. This is a phase where you can hope that the actual work is getting done. It takes place right after the meeting where the tasks were delegated. No actions are needed here. Just hope. Nothing else. During hoping you can go walk around and talk to people. If you do not know what to say here are some links for inspiration:
  4. Celebrate. Once the deadline has approached it is time to celebrate. Of course, the deadline will be moved many times further in the future. If not for months then for years. Anyway, once the last deadline has been reached, it is time to celebrate. The results are not important. Join all the people together, throw in some cake and celebrate. You are done and that is all that matter. After this you can start all over with a new project which will probably be based on the one you are celebrating. 
This is it.
With this 'best practice' you can run multimillion cash projects and become a star.

There is one soft skills needed here and that is blaming. Learn to blame anyone for anything. Once you master this skill you will also learn how to protect yourself from blame.

So, once you start a project (or anything that has to be done), sharpen your blaming teeth and go: Plan, Delegate, Hope, Celebrate.

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