“Doubt is an unpleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.”
Uncertainty is a fact of life in the project management space and choosing to simply ignore it does not make it go away. We all want rules, clear prescriptions and certainty but that’s just not reality – much of project management is situational and context-driven – it’s about converting unknowns into knowns ASAP and always knowing that we may need to course-correct along the way. Savvy project managers learn to manage and get things done not without uncertainty but in spite of it. They make sure they fully acknowledge and understand the key areas of uncertainty in their business, project or function and they make sure they factor that understanding into their analysis, planning and decision making, including consideration of any potential unintended consequences from decisions made.