I realize we often don’t get to deal with the fantasy world much in project management. If we did, none of my projects would ever have issues, all would have customers that would agree with everything I presented, and none of my teams would ever have conflicts or personal issues – or personnel issues, for that matter. And that’s just to name a few (should I go on???). No? Ok.
A project without a timeframe may be a pain because I want to run other projects, lead other teams and actually have a life. So projects do need to end at some point. But a project with no budget limitations or concerns would be nice. Think about this…how would you live your life if money was never a consideration? Ok, now apply that to a project. This particular scenario may not bring about our best side in terms of best practices and strategic thinking…those little things that we do because we are challenged to stay within parameters like budget and time while also trying to fill our client’s needs properly. But let’s consider what we might do with a project that had no budget limitations.
First, let’s assume that it’s an important project – an external project that is very visible and means a lot to your career advancement and to your organization. Let’s assume that it’s a high-profile customer and possibly even a hard-to-please customer. So, again, what if your project had no budget? Let’s consider the scenario.