The power of nothing, nada, zero, zilch and zip in project management…Top 3 reasons for considering the ‘do nothing’ option.
If you really want someone to do something, explain to them the effects of doing nothing. Accurately described* consequences of not doing anything, spur people into doing something.
This is especially true for project management. People (particularly the Project Manager and Sponsor) get excited about new opportunities, new changes and the possibility of better things to come. So, it’s easy for projects to get off the ground, just because of the momentum behind the idea, without ever checking that it is really and truly needed, first.
To prove or disprove a project idea, always, always, always compare it with the ‘do nothing’ option. You will convince yourself and/or others to either do something or do nothing.
Top 3 reasons for considering the ‘do nothing’ option:
REASON 1: Appease the nay-sayers