I used to think that projects would be successful if all the big important things were in place. My view changed when I led a program to replace multiple reporting tools with one, earth-shatteringly great tool. The only problem was that there had been almost no focus on data quality for multiple years. Front line staff were not clear why they were collecting the data, what it was going to be used for, and whether it would be used for anything else. The best reporting tools in the world won’t help you if your base data isn’t accurate or if it’s missing altogether. As the old saying goes, garbage in, garbage out.
This and other experiences have taught me that it’s not the “big rocks” that can trip up a fit-for-purpose project delivery, it’s usually the little basic things that have been overlooked. So here are my top five “little rocks” that you should look out for so they don’t trip up your project and your business:
So, next time you have the opportunity to influence a project, make sure you look for the little rocks that can have big impacts.
Samantha Rush, Principal Consultant, Legion Consulting Group