We’ve been talking about “thrashing” the last few days and how important it is to a successful project. If you have ever been a victim of that last minute frenzy of changes due to poor communication and poor planning, then you know what I mean.
So, if we all agree that it is important to thrash on the front end…BEFORE the deadlines force us into action…then why don’t we start it sooner? Many people would chalk it up to being too busy with today’s action items that are more urgent. Example: I am too busy to start my Christmas shopping today…and I have 3 more months before I have to finish. I have plenty of time before I need to take action.
That may be true, but I think there is another cause. I wonder if we think that this responsibility belongs to someone else. More specifically, do I depend on my leader to fully define my project…to make it easier on me? Do I expect him/her to think through all the obstacles and present me with a well-defined set of tasks to follow…to save me from “wasting my time” since I have so much work on my plate?
Allow me to suggest another perspective. It is OUR job to spend time thinking through all the obstacles…and to create well developed alternatives for our leader. WE should be the one to spend time chasing the “dead end roads” on the projects we are given, so that our leader doesn’t have to.
Thanks for listening.