In all of these situations, if you don’t prepare ahead of time for delays, you’ll feel like you're sinking in quicksand—and fast.
Behold the risk management and change control plan because if you don’t implement both in the project planning phase, you will have delays. You may even have delays so intense the project is a failure or ruined with no chance of project recovery.
Failure to communicate delays in a project creates dissention among team members who await a milestone. For a communication plan to be effective, you have to create one where every team member has access for both input and review.
Avoid wondering how project delays affect other teams by being prepared (think of the Boy Scout motto here). If your projects are constantly delayed, brush up on your management skills.
Lastly, in the world of project management, as Forrest Gump would say, life IS like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’ll end up with if you don’t plan for delays along with a process on how to deal with them.
Image Credit Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump (Wikimedia Commons)