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“We don’t do it that way.” “We don’t need all that.” “We’re doing just fine.” “We’ll figure it out when we get there.” “We’re switching gears to this, forget what we said.” These are all signs of a delivery system that is tilting on the rails, about to careen.

Doing everything differently for every project isn’t going to help you move faster. Redefining your methodology during a project is never going to work, that’s an outside-of-project task when no project will be affected. Tweaks are good, but changes are not good. Tweaks – “Let’s log these types of issues as bugs instead of tasks” Changes – “Let’s stop using sub-tasks and stories and go to epics and tasks” Your methodology might not do one…

Keep it simple, lay out the tasks, group them together, set the delivery dates. Don’t give into the chaos of everything being everywhere all the time. Don’t give into the chaos that others have and worry about what could, might, or should be. Work the problem, and deliver the problem, one task at a time. Your job might not have originally been part of bringing them online and refocusing the team, but now it is. …

How this has become a meme of late is pretty funny, but it’s absolutely true and applies to everything. Whatever you do will be difficult, it will be tough, it won’t be easy, it might look easy, but it won’t be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzDYgRc6eic&ab_channel=THEDR0N3 But nothing in life worth doing is easy, if it was easy, we’d all be doing it.

The first thing everyone wants to do when the idea goes sideways is to change. Do something different. Throw it all out. Start over. Give up. The moment those thoughts enter your mind, that is the first test of the idea’s strength, can it stand the test of being kicked, can it get knocked down and stand back up again, can it rise up. Don’t stop at the first sign of distress, this is the…