It literally took one stroke of green against the tan, which had to touch in order to work through our plans, to see we were making a huge mistake. The green and tan looked awful together. Oh great. Now we had the option to continue to project or pick new paint colors. Well, the tan was now on almost every hallway and wall in the house that was not a focal wall. We had not considered blue in the past, but at this moment we both almost simultaneously said we should try blue. It took several shades to get it right, but once we saw the right shade of bluish-gray against the tan, we knew we had it right (again).
As a project manager I know that scope creep is always a possibility... But thinking through things like, the possibility of the colors clashing when they meet in a painting project will be my job as a project manager in order to keep my client's from spending all their money on paint they can't use. Technically I guess I was the project manager of my personal paint project gone wrong, but it opened my eyes to what could happen in future projects. Having kick of meeting with all stakeholders involved to try to communicate all issues from the start is a great idea for the project manager. Continuing that communication throughout the project is key as well. Be sure to get "sign off" from all stakeholders to assure they will hold to their part of the project (Laureate Education, n.d.). Trying to think of every possible thing that could go wrong is tough, but a project manager must do so. It is important to walk through every step of the project and pay close attention to detail. Keep the client in on every piece of information, so nothing gets left out.
I am trying to make the best of the situation, though. Many of my stand alone cabinets are now green and so is my laundry room. If anyone needs any green paint, you know who to see.
Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Creating a resource allocation plan [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Portny, S. E., Mantel, S. J., Meredith, J. R., Shafer, S. M., Sutton, M. M., & Kramer, B. E. (2008). Project management: Planning, scheduling, and controlling projects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.