Let’s start with the reminder that it costs time and money to get to the point where we can make a decision. And, there are multiple decisions made in every project.
However, there are a few really big decisions like “Do we do this or not?”
People (leaders and followers) often misunderstand the nature of these decisions, and can confuse the project from the start. For instance, there should be at least two different “GO” decisions for every project.
Decision #1 = The Concept Decision
- Is this idea worth investigating?
- What will it cost to refine the idea into something tangible?
- How long will it take to build a project plan?
- What are the risks?
- What do I need to know in order to invest?
Decision #2 = The Implementation Decision
- Do I have a fully developed project plan?
- Do I fully understand the costs, resources, and constraints?
- Do I have a fully schedule, including contingency and milestones?
- Do I still want to proceed?
It costs time, effort, and energy (e.g. money) to scope out the concept. If the boss likes your idea, don’t confuse that with permission to proceed on the final project.
Thanks for listening.