What happens when another factor in a project has changed again? How do you react to that situation? Can you deal with ever changing priorities and the moving targets of budgets, priorities, resource changes and more.
It’s a complex subject, and unfortunately, one that is sometimes fraught with politics and emotion. We all feel like we have some control over our projects, but the reality is there are a lot of moving parts which affect them. If your new boss feels threatened or dissatisfied with the status of projects, there is a need to over communicate status and then perhaps change direction. When we are faced with these issues consider the following five points before taking action:
- Sometimes communication is not enough. If we are heading the wrong way, we may have to change direction.
- Try and make a recommendation for actions, not just reporting problems.
- If education is required to allow others to understand why you are making recommendations, describe the alternatives, why you considered them and why you are discarding some of them in your recommendations.
- If executive or strategy direction has changed, or you think it has, find out before that all important meeting or you could be batting for the wrong side or issue.
- Run your new ideas past a trusted colleague or two, failing that your spouse or a trusted friend before presenting them. Advice is often just a phone call away.