Flexibility and Water

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February 8, 2014

Sun TzuWhile discussing Weak and Strong Points in The Art of War, Sun Tzu has stated,

Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe he is facing.

The shape of water is used as a perfect analogy, not only from a strategic and military standpoint, but also from the perspective of day to day life of a project manager. As the changes happen during the course of the project. A project manager has to monitor the status of the project and he must be flexible to change plans as needed to drive the project’s success. When this culture imbibed in the team and team members are skilled to identify the potential changes to the existing plans, it becomes a strength of the team and in turn of the organization’.

We can build many strengths in our teams. Having such a strength, that focuses on where plans might need tweaks and changes on almost continuous basis, is of strategic benefit.

Isn’t it what agility is also about?

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