Even the most devout religious people I know (and there are a few of them still out there) know that an active task of praying is not something you include in your project task list.
It is therefore surprising that occasionally when querying project resources on their assessment of completing their task on time they respond with “fingers crossed we will“.
When confronted with such a response I lose my bearing for few minutes as I’m not quite sure how this needs to be interpreted.
Does it mean that most likely we’re on track and finish on time?
Does it mean we urgently require divine intervention in order to finish on time?
Or, more likely, does this mean that no way in the world we will finish this task on time?
In today’s multi-cultural world, finding a common prayer denomination is a problem. Which one of the multitude of faiths and religions should I base my project baseline on? Faced with this dilemma my natural inclination is to take all prayers out of my project plan. Individuals on my projects are free to use this as a perosnal risk mitigation activity but the consequences (or lack of) of such activity cannot get factored into any activity’s success rate.
So please, please, please – when I ask you for your assessment of reality, please ground your comments on physical progress and the real obstacles holding you up from completing your task on time.
Think about it!