“Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

When I first noticed Richard Wiseman’s rather quirky book “The Luck Factor” I immediately thought of good old Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) – hence this article’s heading. Wiseman maintains that luck can be predicted and controlled and claims that his publication is the consequence of ten years’ scientific research rather than mere anecdotal trivia. I first encountered Wiseman’s views when I saw his infamous “gorilla basketball” video on YouTube. Yet, now that we accept opportunity as a dimension of project risk, his ideas on luck may have some relevance for us project managers.

Certainly when projects go wrong we are inclined to react “Why my project?” and we are usually less inclined to question things when all goes right. However, Wiseman has researched the “go right” option and suggests that the following strategies could turn our projects into luck magnets:

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