Over the last year I’ve worked in various different places, public and private, reviewing projects.
The most common line I’ve distilled from dozens of conversations is
“We are X years into our Y years transformation”
Which is greater, X or Y?
Obviously, X should be smaller than Y. Eg we are 1 year into our 3 year programme to digitise (whatever we are digitising).
Sadly, the opposite has been true in every case. We are 2 years into our 1 year plan to make change happen. Or even 3 years into our 1 year plan to turn the world on its head.
Things take longer than expected. Invalid assumptions are made. The specific outweighs the general. Every time.