This Time Will Be Different
A former co-worker gave me this cartoon. I'm still wondering which of the projects we worked on together inspired the gift and if it was all my fault.
But now, every time I start a new project, I begin by sharing it with everyone on the team just so that we have the opportunity to nod solemnly and then pinky swear with all our hearts: not this time!
I feel like my sole purpose in a kickoff meeting is to uphold this ritual and thereby avoid an outcome that looks like a cartoon.
It’s like Product Management were a 12-Step program and this is my Serenity Prayer.