Unexpected problems on projects cause the most disruption

Ben "The Hosk" Hosking
4 min readMar 23, 2021
Gladson Xavier

“Life is not what you expect: it is made up of the most unexpected twists and turns” — Ilaiyaraaja

Projects are fertile breeding grounds for problems. Ingredients such as groups of people working to tight deadlines, using new technology/features with no experience and lots of activities happening at the same time.

Some problems go off like a hand grenade, grab everyone’s attention and demand to be resolved quickly. Other problems hide in the background, sleeping, and then when everyone is looking the other way they unexpectedly cause enormous problems.

What’s the unexpected risk that will disrupt your project?

Like being hit by a car you didn’t see, the surprise doesn’t give you time to plan or react.

The Fifth Risk

In Michael Lewis’s book the The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democract it puts forward the idea president trump is a risk manager and the government official who works in the many departments manages risk.

Lewis interviews government officials in roles such as the department of energy and asks them for their top five risks. Most people can reel of four risks quickly but when they get to the fifth, they struggle and…



Ben "The Hosk" Hosking

Technology philosopher | Software dev → Solution architect | Avid reader | Life long learner