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Recently I have noticed a disconcerting trend when speaking with business and IT leaders when we are discussing industry best practices, standard frameworks or industry trends; they keep saying “I wish we did that.” This statement is always followed up by a reason they don’t, such as: we don’t have the time, we are balancing too many projects, we are really running lean, our budget can’t support that, etc.
The more I am confronted with this mindset the more I think, how can I help get them past the “I wish we did that” and into the “I’m glad we did”. Here are a few ideas:
Prioritization and Planning – Knowing what projects and activities to tackle and how they fit into the large picture at an organization can ensure that the limited resources are being used in the correct manner. Once you know what to do, taking time to plan their execution will ensure that all participants are aware of what needs to get done and when.
No Time For Rework – Most organizations are running on slimmed down versions of what they were prior to the economic meltdown in ’07/’08, so getting things done right the first time or catching mistakes and defects early on in a project will ensure that rework is kept to a minimum. That is why using a standard framework methodically or having standard business process expectations in place is so important. Most common two things I see clients yearning for is a standard SDLC and QA process.
Keeping up with the Jones – Every industry has common technologies that are utilized by individual firms to accomplish their mission. When times are tight companies hold back from purchasing the latest and greatest, but this doesn’t mean you can’t make small incremental changes to your existing technology or purchase small portions that will have the greatest impact and add the most value to your organization. These small changes may take a small investment of time and some innovative thought to get to, but it may help your firm avoid having to spend significantly more in the future when your technology can’t keep up with other industry players.
Learning from Trying – The greatest lesson I have ever learned were from projects or initiatives that may not have gone to plan or were outside my comfort zone. If your organization wants to ensure that your employees are engaged and on top of their game they need to be given the opportunity to try new things and step outside of their comfort zone. Taking the initiative to try new things and implement best practices will challenge your employees and make your organization significantly better through success or failure.
Todd Blaskowitz, Senior Consultant, has an MBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. Todd possesses the ability to employ creative and original ideas to structured delivery processes, while implementing industry best practices. If you would like to discuss ways to start taking action in your organization, contact us at email@example.com.
Cite this blog post:
MLA: Blaskowitz, Todd. “I Wish We Did That!” MSS. MSS. Blog. 08 April 2015.
APA: T Blaskowitz. (2014, Oct 27). I Wish We Did That!