Management By Procrastination

Management By Procrastination

Procrastination can be effective when others attempt to tack tasks onto your project. To make it work, you need to learn to identify tasks, prioritize them and deliver

The do-bee alternative.

I can already hear the objections to my laid-back approach. But laziness is not the cause of failure for most projects. Overcommitment and excessive optimism kill far more deadlines than slacking does.

If I haven't persuaded you to add procrastination to your toolbox of project management techniques, go ahead and keep doing what you've been doing, but don't say I didn't warn you. Here are some suggestions for those who decide against management by procrastination:

Volunteer more. If the boss is asking, raise your hand first. Just being willing looks good. Who cares if you are ultimately successful?

Never freeze requirements. After all, what effect could one more have?

Avoid formal changes. It takes too much time away from real work to document and gain approvals.

Shift resources to attack the latest request. If it's new, it should be done first.

Don't bother prioritizing. All requirements were created equal. Just get busy.

Cutting is a project management professional and senior principal consultant at Keane Inc. in California. Contact him at

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