August 10, 2020

What seemed simple


It isn’t as straightforward as it should be. All we want to do is get from A to B. Well, we need to do that but we need to go via P and Q and, just because someone said so, we’re have to stop by U and V and consider J and K. So is the way of projects. What seemed simple gains complexity with every meeting, every interested party, and every passing day.

So it’s taken twice as long as it should and it’s setting off for another loop around the playground before heading off into the woods. Will we ever get to B?

It’s time for the red pencil. The one that draws a circle around the objective and an arrow for direction of travel, that crosses off sub projects and unnecessary waypoints, and deals with acceptable risks.

Skippy strategy: When it bloats, bring out the red pencil.