Recently, I made a post regarding setting expectations:
I’ll give my usual warning that I try not to take the blog statistics too seriously but, based on the number of hits to my blog after that post came out and so many that were specifically on that particular post, I wonder if that topic hit a nerve. Is it that so many people realize that’s a problem and want to read more about how to solve it? It’s difficult to determine that just from the spike in readership and the spike could be a fluke – totally unrelated to the topic.
However, I do get the impression that project managers and project teams are always concerned somewhat about this so I tend to think the topic probably did happen to be somethings of specific interest to readers. While there are many topics that cause a spike in the statistics when I post them, this is one of the occasional ones where the spike is significantly higher than the usual spikes.
If you’re a new project manager or a new project team member and you were reading these wondering, “Do I really have to bother setting expectations?,” then, yes, you do have to (or suffer the consequences)! 🙂