It isn’t easy to develop simple solutions. In fact,it is the hardest work of a project manager.
At the beginning of a project…before any work is completed, everyone has a simplistic approach to the obstacles that lie ahead. Without any information or understanding, we are capable of blathering on and on about how easy it will be to produce a solution.
- “All it would take to fix the system would be to eliminate the IRS and establish a flat tax for everyone”
- “All it would take to eliminate the federal debt is to cut the spending and balance the budget”
- “All it would take to fix immigration is to seal the borders and give everyone an easy path to citizenship”
All are simplistic approaches to very difficult problems. Once we start tackling the issues, doing our homework, and wrestling with the implications…we discover that that we have an abundance of complicated approaches. We produce huge flowcharts and spreadsheets…and we argue about endless numbers of important details that affect the final product. Our temptation is to “settle” here.
Only after a HUGE amount of time, effort, and energy have been expended chasing all the rabbit trails can we deliver a simple solution. Simple is a byproduct of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. If you see a simple solution, then someone paid a significant price to produce it. If you think a solution was easy to deliver, then you are probably stuck in “simplistic thinking”.
Simple solutions are not simple to produce!
Learn to move from simplistic through complicated in order to deliver simple solutions.
Thanks for listening.