Is “Whack-A-Mole” a Legitimate Project Management Technique?

The object of whack-a-mole, a popular arcade game, is to use a mallet to quickly knock the moles that randomly pop up back into their holes. 

The game requires quick reactions and definitive action to keep the moles at bay.  If you’re good, you can put the moles back in their hole, at least temporarily.

At times project management feels just like a game of whack-a-mole – identify issues, react quickly, do whatever is needed to make the issue go away, and move on to the next one.

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