Fri. Feb 28th, 2020

Three Ways to Eliminate Blind Spots on Your Project

You jump into your car in the morning and are ready to go to work. You’ve looked in the rear-view and side mirrors and everything is clear. You start to back up and hear and feel a sickening crunch as your back tire rolls over a bike that was left out the night before. Even though you’ve been driving for years, you didn’t know it was there and you couldn’t see it because it was in your Blind Spot. The same thing can happen to us in our role as a Project Manager if we’re not careful. It’s not that we don’t know what we’re may have been a Project Manager for years. It’s more a case of we don’t know what we don’t know. Sometimes situations, circumstances, project politics, and other dynamics may be in our Blind Spot and the first time we become aware of them is after we’ve backed right over them. This is typically going to occur when we take a new job or consulting engagement, or pick up a project that was already in motion. While there is a brief window of “I can’t be expected to know everything about this project, I’ve only been on it for two weeks”, that window quickly closes and we are expected to be up to speed. Below are a couple of suggestions for eliminating project Blind Spots: ???? Interview the SMEs – Time permitting, spend 30-60 minutes per day with the key people on the project. This time should be spent not on giving them direction, but rather on listening. Find out what they do, how they do it, what tools they use, how they interact with other groups in the organization, and what are they concerned about. This will not only provide knowledge that you can apply
Three Ways to Eliminate Blind Spots on Your Project
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