What do you want to do? Successfully starting a project requires that you know what it is you are trying to do. Sounds reasonable right? Unfortunately, I have witnessed many individuals, teams, committees and even myself, get so excited about an idea that we jump into the project without articulating or even understanding the challenge.
“It’s not that they can’t see the solution. They can’t see the problem.” – G.K. Chesterton.
Yes! As I noted in a recent post, Framing Whats The Big Deal, “if you don’t know what you are trying to solve and who you are trying to solve it for, anything can look good.”
Save yourself some frustration, frame your challenge before you jump into the project. Here are a few questions to help you get started:
- What is the problem(s) we are trying to address? (Is this the root problem or a symptom of a bigger issue?)
- What constraints impact our work (resources, time, scope, etc)?
- What forces, trends or other issues are impacting the problem positively or negatively?
- How would addressing the challenge make our organization stronger?
Spend some time preparing, you’ll be glad you did!