Do more by narrowing your focus

A meeting once a week (with no end in sight) to make improvements will result in two things: 1. No timely progress. 2. Frustration and annoyance by people who are in the habit of getting shit done. Instead of having 20 things on the go at the same time – each with their one hour weekly meeting – let’s focus on 2 or 3 in a month and drive them out to release or completion. Then onto the next iteration or the next thing. Clear your calendar for a day or a week, get in a room, and get it…

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Declaring “work” dead

It’s time to list out everything we’ve got on our plates and declare a bunch of “work” dead. A possible litmus test: the project or initiative has stalled, doesn’t deliver on our strategy, fails to create value for customers, or does little to enhance the team member experience. If any (or heaven forbid all of those) criteria are met, declare it dead and over. Tell the sponsor or person who asked you to do the work that it’s dead. If they want to start it back up in the future and brings resources, great. Until then, there are a tonne…

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Let’s Run a Pilot

At work I hear a lot about groups looking to run what they call “pilots” which essentially means moving forward with an idea rather than going through the due diligence and thoughtful analysis one would put together for an initiative/project. The result tends to be that time, money, and resources are wasted spent on creating/modifying a process or bringing new technology in-house without 1. A plan on how to support it (if IT is even told about this at all), 2. No real idea if it solves a problem or satisfies a business need, and 3. Absolutely no clue if…

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Promises I Didn’t Make and Can’t Keep

Trying to deliver on someone else’s promises is frustrating, especially when you weren’t involved in making those promises. To make matters worse, this person won’t acknowledge that their commitments can’t be delivered on in the time frames promised. But, rather than face reality and let an already-overworked team know that the revised delivery dates are okay, the message back is, “just work harder.” Thanks, we’ll get right on violating the laws of spacetime. And so the frustration goes. So much so, that it’s akin to screwing your dick into a light socket connected to a dimmer switch. At first it…

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