Performing resilient projects is like yoga. You move fluently from one position to another. Today’s project structure might be totally different from tomorrows.
You can change the project organizational structure. Sometimes layering is needed for protection, making sure that deficiencies or not spread all over the place. Sometimes layering is just adding handicaps, like limiting the flow of information and trust.
You can move towards a Burn-Down Chart instead of Gantt when that makes more sense. And move back again when required.
You can adapt to changes in the environment by moving from plan A to plan B. And that includes your strategy and structures.
I needed an inspiring comment from Andrew to help me remind that this view is so part of my thinking that I forget to express it Yes, yes. Fish discover water last. I know.
I am talking about small rag tag crews that make an intervention in unknown territory. If one thing doesn’t work, you switch to another approach. Fluently.
Although you can twist your body in amazing positions with some practice, there are limits. Your joints make sure your body sticks together. Remains in one piece.
Ah. Yes. Analogy!
These are the core conversations. Discussions that you must have in your project, to keep the ragtag crew, the stakeholders and all involved together. Making sure that it doesn’t break down while you move from plan A to plan B.
You can be all over the place if you want, but you need to be in the same area about certain topics: what does done look like, how do we know how far we are, the goal, the expectations, stuff like that.
These conversations are the joints that keep your project together and linked to its environment.
Some of these conversations happen naturally. Some need some little push. Or gentle tap on the shoulder.