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RECENT LESSONS LEARNT ... AGAIN #3
Importance can be inefficient and create problems
A series of blogs of lessons learnt or re learnt from a recent project, after all we all have room and need to keep learning!
I had people on the project who performed a very important function for the business who didn’t have time or want to understand the project and what was going on. They came across as to important to. This resulted in countless mistakes and extra costs when they had to be involved, as they didn’t know all the detail to send out accurate information or the relationships and requirements to effectively input. They performed these roles because they were important to the business and ongoing relationships to their perceived status.
Everyone needs to have their importance in a business and project. It allows them to own it and feel part of it. But if they are independent from the project, they can’t sense check their own decisions as they don’t know the full picture. This results in actions that aren’t the best for the project in terms of profit, quality, and program.
Project tasks that are performed as administrative exercises outside of the project need to be monitored very closely. This is where your mistakes will have the biggest negative impact, as they are disconnected from the project goals, or the project becomes disconnected from the business’s goals. If possible, keep those actions within the project team or at least sense checked by the project team. If not, you could lose a lot of money or at least opportunities.
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Hi I'm Simon. I've worked in projects for a while now, either management or design. I love projects but they're frustrating. Hope some of this help you.