How did they get from Lisbon to Florida?

The New World was discovered and documented by the Europeans for the first time in 1497. At the time, an explorer by the name of John Cabot found North America.

Five years earlier Columbus had already seen his way to the Caribbean when looking for a sea route to India. The discovery heralded a new wave of sea travel over the Atlantic.

The navigation methods used for crossing the seas were crude. No GPS there and most often the method was based on following the position of the stars and the Sun combined with a magnetic compass.

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A ship would reach the destination successfully only if the heading were adjusted often enough by the observations the navigator made. Steps were simple.

  1. Observation and navigation
  2. Realigning the heading accordingly

Even the Vikings knew the strategy a millennia ago.

Despite this, we see modern information systems projects start with the assumption that we could plot the course once in the beginning, write an agreement about it and then hit the goal years later.

Time after time we get to read examples in the media of projects that have lasted for way too long just to crash and burn in the end.

If you really want to succeed, consider the secrets of sea travel.

There are two ways to reach the goal in a project. Either you can navigate daily, or you can trust the blind luck.

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