Go slow to go fast.
Most people call us when they have a problem and they are having trouble fixing it. Reflecting back on completed projects, the underlying issues are one or more of the following:
1/ Flawed assumptions: Assumptions are made about what’s causing a problem without checking all the facts.
2/ Timeline: Deadlines to get the project done and the need to get it done overshadows whether it’s the best solution or not.
3/ Perception: People outside the department or discipline don’t understand or don’t care enough to prioritize your needs.
Taking a step back to reassess things is hard but it’s worth taking the time to get it right.
What we know to be true:
1/ People might not understand your needs but that doesn’t mean they don’t care.
2/ Often systems and processes just need to be fine tuned. Fine tuning requires less work than starting a new for your limited resources such as engineers.
3/ Deadlines are sometimes arbitrary. Know whether the deadline is someone’s ideal deadline or a real one and why.
Best Advice: Take the time you need to understand the problem. Developing and implementing the solution will go much smoother and faster.