Recently, my wife and I spent five days in Lake Placid, New York, in the heart of beautiful “High Peaks” area of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. You might recall that Lake Placid was the host to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games where, in the latter games, the U.S. Hockey Team, literally a bunch of college kids, won the gold medal after defeating one of the strongest teams on earth, the former Soviet Union, a team made up of toughened professional players. It was called âThe Miracle on Iceâ and I remember it like it was yesterday.
Lake Placid is home to one of the U.S. Olympic Training Centers. I wanted to see the bobsled runÂ at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. It is considered by many to be one of the toughest runs in the world. It was designed by Stanislaus Sentzytsky, a renowned German course designer, that was radically different from European runs (it was longer, steeper and had more pronounced drop in curves). It certainly was a dangerous ride, having taken the lives of Belgian bobsledder Max Houben at âShadyâ curveÂ in 1949 and Sergio ZardiniÂ at the âZig-Zagâ curves in 1966. It has been redesigned through the years, but it still looks pretty dangerous to me!
The goal of blobsledding is simple. The team (2-man, 2-woman, 4-man, 4-woman) who crosses the finish line in the least amount of time wins.Â Thatâs it..any questions? In order to do that, one thing needs to be very clear; that is, the finish line. Yes, the finish line must be clearly demarcated so you know when youâve crossed it! And, it is clearâ¦hereâs a picture I âsnappedâ while visiting this site which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
How about your project?Â To be a winner in many organizations you need to complete the project in the least amount of time too right? Everyone wants it done as quickly as possible donât they? But that requires crossing the finish line. But how clear is your projectâs finish line? Does everyone agree as to what the finish line actually means? Can being âfinishedâ mean different things to different stakeholders?
So, in order to âfinishâ in the least amount of time, we have to make sure every stakeholder as the same clear, unambiguous concept of where the finish line is. Sometimes, thatâs the hardest part of any projectâ¦â¦.
Whereâs your finish line? Does everyone agree?