March 14, 2016

An on ramp

On ramp

Projects have a habit of complicating themselves.

That simple idea at the outset … morphs it’s way through every meeting and email and phone call into something altogether less understandable. Eventually, everyone has their own idea of what they’ve been talking about and what they’re supposed to do next.

Which might just be ok for simple projects where all the parties are all involved all the time.

Now try introducing someone new.

What’s obvious to you is an unsaid unexplained mystery to them. Their reaction: Huh? Hmmm. Huh?

Any time – any time – you need to bring a newbie into the circle, give them the whole picture: the context, the why, the goal, the chosen path, the thinking that got you there.

Give them a map and a gentle on-ramp, not a smack in the forehead with a blunt-(email thread)-instrument.

Skippy strategy: When you’re asking for help, first help them understand the what and the why.