Is it more important to have a good strategy, or to have the right day-to-day activity? In a post for PM Hut, Kristyn Medeiros explores this question and reveals that, when both are aligned, success becomes prominent.
The Truth in the Middle
Both strategic work and the maintenance of that work are important to the success of projects. This is a huge challenge for some because they need to be able to see what their team is working on and if some of the team can be pulled for something else. What is even more challenging is attempting to connect these two pieces.
According to Medeiros, there is a pertinent aspect that you may be overlooking in this connection challenge: “Although you’re getting the macro and micro views, you’re missing the middle layer. This is the layer that connects the two and allows you to be proactive and reactive as needed.” Having the ability to see the new work coming in will diminish the chance for errors and improve the overall delivery. Additionally, it may help to point out if the team has taken on too much work.
The first step in bringing this all together is to ensure that the day-to-day work is in actuality aligned with the strategic work. When you have a well-mapped-out plan, you can better handle the projects and ensure consistent alignment. As time goes by you will want to continuously return to this plan and make sure that goals, objectives, and alignment are still in perspective. Change is inevitable, and it is almost certain that at one point the plan will need adjustment in order to reflect this.
This middle layer of dealing with change as it becomes problematic is the connector between the top and bottom. All elements are valuable, have their purpose, and are necessary. You can read the original post here: http://www.pmhut.com/what-if-you-managed-your-resource-plan-better