When I was a project manager at Andersen Consulting I kept the following sign posted in a discrete place:
The Six Phases of a Project
- Search for the guilty
- Punishment of the innocent
- Rewards for the uninvolved
Where is your robot today?
This seems a little morbid.
I think most teams are in one and/or two, three and such don’t come until either the last week or two, or during the competition, and I believe the others follow quickly after that.
Not surprisingly, we’re still enthusiastic. What is surprising however, is that we’ve actually accomplished a very important task, which we usually don’t even start to think about until week 3!