Here's a picture of the field from
Sunday's Jaguars-Saints football game, from NFL.com:
Look at the directional arrows
painted on the field next to the yard markers. Compare the arrow on the 10-yard
line at the top of the picture with that at the bottom.
(They're supposed to point to the
nearest end zone. The bottom set is wrong.)
This points out an interesting
(apparent) paradox of project management:
I call it an apparent paradox
because the second statement has an "out." Understand that things can slip
through the cracks, but...
The directional-marker mistake is
not uncommon on projects, as much as we hate to admit it. Errors creep in that
don't really affect the final work product but do offend our sense of fitness
and quality. We wish these errors hadn't been made. We vow to do better next
time. We do get smarter over time, over projects.
And next time, different errors will
creep in. I hate them, but how much am I willing to overspend to avoid them?
No one ran the wrong way with the
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1And then add the "quis custodiet" team to check the
checkers. And so on....
2Even the Seahawks seem to know which direction the end zone
is, even if they don't find it very often.