In Greek Mythology, Ulysses had a wife, Penelope, who was faithfully awaiting her husband return from his travels for years. She was a very attractive and her husband would be king. Several suitors wanted to marry her and the people were putting pressure on her to remarry because they said Ulysses had to be dead. She said she would remarry after she had finished knitting the blanket for her wedding bed. Everyday she worked diligently knitting in public and every night secretly she would unravel the days work.
Have you ever wondered why project requirements keep changing or new little things are discovered. While you were not looking, Penelope was unraveling. In the context of readiness assessment the person is not ready to commit while appearing to work diligently to more the process forward. Why and what to do about requires skill and the application of the Breakthrough Approach. An engineer working on a piece of software was always a week from finishing. When asked, when he had met the spec, he said weeks ago. I think his name was Penelope.
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