I am a private pilot that hasn’t been in a cockpit since the 1980s. That is a shame since I really liked flying. I enjoyed being up there alone, just me and the machine, battling all the different forces that hit that aircraft whether it be wind, rain, downdrafts, or updrafts. I was once pushed up over 1000 feet because of an updraft; it was relentless and I was powerless. The instructor, who was with me at the time (whew), told me that there was nothing I could do and to just ride it out and ensure that the aircraft was straight and level; consistency and stability were the keys.
I recently remembered that story and associated it with life in general or, since I am a business owner, the business aspects. Let’s say that you are making money hand over fist (an updraft), or the project is going extremely well, or your cybersecurity is doing what it is supposed to do; the consistency of the moment is unbelievably important. You must keep the “plane straight and level” meaning that you must keep an eye on the project costs and schedule, or you must ensure that the cybersecurity policies are consistent, in order to keep everything stable during the period of updraft. This means that, like the wind or the updraft or any force on the object, the idea is to counter that force and keep the plane on course and straight and level. In the world of flying, in order to keep your aircraft on course when the wind is against you, you adjust your course to account for the wind. What if progressing through a project or implementing cybersecurity did the same thing? What if you could use existing flying tools to adapt to changing forces in the environment?
This is where the theory “Environmental Force Effect Analysis (EFEA)” comes into play. Basically, what this does is use existing flying tools to adapt and adjust your course to ensure you stay straight and level and on course for the future. I am completing an article for the PMI Journal on MegaProjects and realized the company I was profiling was carried through some buffeting times and still is extremely strong today, even though forces pitted against it should have crashed it several times over. After some analysis, I found that the company realized the force against it and countered it with some far-reaching strategic solutions, which it then adapted as those solutions were hit by even more forces.
How does this theory work? It works on the Kepler law of motion that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The force is treated as a wind that is hitting your object (business, project, etc) head on (0 degrees), slight cross-wind (45, 135, 225, 315 degrees), full cross-wind (90, 270 degrees) or tail-wind (180 degrees), with the object always traveling in a consistent north direction (0 degrees). What you are trying to formulate is the ground speed at each of these forces, since that is the actual speed you are traveling. The true air speed is that speed your aircraft gauge reads and that would be your revenue or sales or iteration completion time or cyber outliers detected, etc. You set the “true air speed.” The ground speed is the rate you are going with the force against you (or with you).
The next article will delve into the specifics of the formula and how to calculate the true ground speed and how this can be adapted to your project. This is just a theory at this point, and is being developed, so please excuse the very elemental nature of this explanation or description. It is a work in progress.
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