If my boss hands me the key to his car, then I am responsible to return the car to him in the same condition as I received it. (Duh!)
There are many other trust issues implied in this type of transaction, such as:
- I should not hand the car over to someone else without permission of the original owner
- I should treat the car with the same (or higher) manner that the owner would. Therefore, I should not spin the tires in a burn-out in the parking lot.
- If I damage the car, I must consult the owner before having it repaired. I should not take it to a cut-rate repair shop and pretend that nothing happened to his car.
- I should return the vehicle on the date that I promised (and not one day later)
- I should not return the car on an empty tank
The same is true when my boss hands me the keys to my next project. I am not the owner of the project. There are implied trust conditions that should be understood by both parties as I accept responsibility.
Do you treat your projects the same way you would treat the bosses car?
Thanks for listening.