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.
This work of genius is entitled "Mismatched Expectations".
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.