As teams mature, we grow in our capacity to respond to new challenges. Our “playbook” gets thicker. We are able to call audibles (changes in the play at the line of scrimmage) without a lot of discussion. We can simply handle more…and faster.
However, we sometimes get into trouble when we presume upon that extra ability. You know what I mean…sometimes our project or event plan includes a “Hail Mary” type of play. There are situations where we can easily absorb the additional complexity without incident. Sometimes we can’t and extra planning is needed to complete the project.
When should we go that extra mile in planning?
- When we add new team members
- When we are working with new vendors or partners
- When the event is located in new or unfamiliar facilities
- When the event has different participants than we usually deal with
- When the project is so visible that we can’t afford for it to fail
- When the results are vital to our long term success
- Whenever kids are involved (smile)
Thanks for listening.