When thrashing is done poorly and late, it is filled with “oh crap” moments. You know what those are like…when the unexpected occurs and the entire project is at risk. The surprise expense that breaks the budget. Delays in the schedule that should have been anticipated. The entire team becomes frustrated with last minute changes that waste everyone’s time and energy to fix.
But, thrashing is a good thing when done early and purposefully in a project. When thrashing is done well, we refine good ideas into great ideas. We have those “aha” moments when synergy leads to fresh insights and ideas. The team experiences a sense of expectancy of success because we are well prepared for any contingency. When everyone is well prepared, we execute the plan with excellence.
For thrashing to be done well, someone has to lead those critical conversations before those project deadlines back us into a corner. Someone has to invest time and energy to create options that can be prioritized. Someone has to focus on the important before it becomes the urgent.
So why don’t we thrash sooner? That’s the next topic.
Thanks for listening.