June 29, 2021

What else


Dealing with the unknown is table stakes whenever you start a new project. You come across things you didn’t expect, so you plaster over the hole, make things good, and get on with doing the best job you can. Five minutes of experience means you know there are things you don’t know and you run a contingency to fill in the gaps. You do it, they do it, we all do it.

When you come across things you didn’t know, but everyone else did, that where the difficulties lie. Not so much that you can’t deal with them, you probably can. The problem is the lack of openness at the start, the potential for gotchas, walling around in the ambiguity of assumptions.

Always ask them, what else do I need to know that we haven’t talked about already?

Skippy strategy: Make sure you’re not the only one who doesn’t know.