I have recently noticed a behavior that is common to many teams and organizations. As problems become more urgent…as the pressure builds…we tend to go for the quick and easy fix. Along the way, we tell ourselves that we will come back and fix the “real issue” sometime in the future…but often fail to circle back after the pain subsides.
So, our forward progress is characterized by hundreds of small iterations which cause the “exceptions” to start piling up. Over time, the system becomes littered with small tweaks that make real progress…well…complicated.
Perhaps a better approach is to stop and take a step back to look at the bigger picture…to rise up to the 30,000 foot view and see what lies ahead. Yes, the pain continues to hurt, and further delay just makes it feel worse. But, taking time to consider the best long term solution will almost always pay off.
Do you have a nagging, painful problem? Perhaps a band-aid is not the best solution.
Thanks for listening.