Every step to improve is still a step forward
Working hard never killed anyone. Working stupid kills people all the time.
People-Get the right people.
Processes-Define your processes. Rehearse them. Make sure that a policy isn’t going to lead to an unexpected bottleneck.
Progress-The push towards business value is strong, but without the first two ingredients it will be hard to move forward. Once you have them moving forward will be moving quickly.
Slow is smooth.
Smooth is fast.
Get your team to smooth and watch how quickly things can occur.
Measurements are persuasive. Measurements are persuasive. Measurements are persuasive.
If you’re measuring folks and they don’t live up to it, how does it make them feel?
Adjust the measurements to encourage stretching, but not breaking the valuable resources you have on your project.
I’ve done a lot of projects. One area that remains constant is that team members will overlook the communication tools/techniques when they enter planning.
We’ll have long talks about how we build what we do. Who does the next step after one is completed. How all the steps need to flow.
But we rarely talk about how we’re going to share the message that allows the intended flow to happen.
NOTE: Don’t just talk about what you’re doing. Talk about how you’re going to talk about how you’re going to talk.
If you’re on one of my projects, please, PLEASE feel free to ask, how are we going to transfer knowledge?
How many problems in our world could go away with a little more gratitude?
THUD: The best way to improve the stakeholder experience is to have it focus on gratitude.