PM Road Trip - Station Break

Station Break


PM Road Trip Journal

July 7 -  After a few days of mountains, mesas, and canyons, the children are getting a little geologically weary.  They are still enjoying the sites, but the heat and walking miles are becoming tough.  So, we switched to a shuttle bus for Bryce Canyon.  It allowed us to still see the site and not exert ourselves as much.  It turned out to be an incredible day where we just got out at the many overlooks and enjoyed the ride in between.   The ice cream and souvenir shop at the end was a good incentive, too. Here's just one of the unbelievable views:


In projects, we also need to take breaks from the pace.  I've always been a believer in bursts before milestones or iteration releases.  Equally important, though is the break in the intensity, either to catch up on training, administrative stuff, or time off.  I know there are a few folks out there that want to drive constantly, but I'll posit that there are 3 or 4 times as many who get rejuvenation from pace or subject matter changes.  More often than not, both in waterfall and agile projects, we fail to build in time between phases or iterations for that respite.  I'm challenging myself to build my next schedule or iteration plan with that in mind.  I'd like to hear how you have done it successfully if you want to drop me a note.

After our shuttle-bound trip at Bryce Canyon, we're taking a bigger break from our sight-seeing to do something more interactive and use some different "muscles".  I think the kids will be recharged for Sedona and the Grand Canyon, because I need my team to enjoy the remainder of the trip as much as what we've accomplished so far.   We need our project teams to cross the finish line with pride of accomplishment AND positive energy.