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27 July 2010 | Alim Ozcan Blog
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Projects and Aeroplane Flights
This week Alim looks at the similarities between projects and Aeroplane flights...

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Well-planned projects can be likened to aeroplane flights as they require:

  • Justification and approval to fly = Business Case
  • Flight plan = Project Initiation Document (PID)
  • A crew with a captain = Project Team and Manager
  • Passengers = Stakeholders
  • Periodic communication with the control tower = Project Board
  • Pre-flight checks = Project start readiness checklist
  • Change of flight plan = Change of scope within the PID
  • Accounting for all passengers, meals, merchandise = Configuration control
  • Satisfied passengers = Quality control
  • Reaching flight milestones/points = Stage Ends
  • Aeroplane’s Blackbox = Issue Log
  • Selling lottery tickets and merchandise = Work Packages
  • Fuel = Budget
  • Captain and crew’s operating procedures = PRINCE2 methodology
  • Aeroplane parking in a hangar = Lessons learnt and filing project files

Furthermore, the take-off, the flight and the landing also share similarities with a project. The take-off is often the most turbulent part of the flight/project and requires skill and perseverance to get off the ground and it also requires a leap of faith from the stakeholders to get onboard in the first place. Once flying, then it is often straight-forward but there are pockets of turbulence that need to be navigated and sometimes disgruntled stakeholders that need to be looked after. The landing is like closing a project, it can be a bit bumpy but it generally goes according to plan if the entire project is well-planned.

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