ASAP has become so common in the English language that most people are not aware that it originated as a Project Management term. ASAP is short for “As Soon As Possible” and is used to describe a task that needs to get finished sooner rather than later. Most of the time, we use it to convey urgency. A demand for action rather than delay.
ALAP is another Project Management term, and it is used much less often than its sibling. For our high speed lives, “As Late As Possible” seems almost archaic. Why in the world would a task be intentionally delayed? Isn’t everything urgent?
Nope. Not even close.
I’ve been managing a project for 12Stone called “Feeding Kids over Christmas.” We are providing over 7,000 packages to families in need (who are on the free and reduced lunch program in the local school system). Today, I was reminded that some things should not be done early.
After delivering 300 parking cones to the warehouse….after they were loaded on to the 6 box trucks…after that task was marked “complete” and I returned to the office…THEN I realized they were still needed here at Central Campus for our weekday events.
[Note to self – that is why I wrote “Do that on Friday” on my project plan]
Good project management involves knowing which tasks to do ALAP.
Thanks for listening.