Stop, you will regret this! Although we rarely make decisions we know we will regret, there are times when what seems like a good idea turns out to be terrible down the road. An article on Cobalt details 5 commonly made decisions and why you might regret making them:
- Putting speed before quality
- Not trusting your team
- Cutting corners
- Leaving out the stakeholders
- Ignoring your instincts
In this fast-paced corporate world we live in, the first of these mistakes is putting speed before quality:
There might come a moment in your project when you are under severe time pressure. At this time you will make a decision, whether you are aware of it or not. You will either decide to bite the bullet and do things properly regardless of the problems it might cause or else you will try and rush through the work as quickly as you can. Poorly thought out and badly executed projects tend to come back to haunt their project managers at some point in the future. It is much better to make the conscious decision to do things right and stick with this approach. You might be put under pressure to rush the project but at least you will be able to show your stakeholders the possible consequences of putting speed before quality.
Not trusting your team is also an issue. Trust needs to be earned, but there are some instances in which you must trust your team, regardless of how well you know them, in order for the project to succeed. You must be the one to give team members what they need to earn your trust. Furthermore, you should avoid cutting corners within your project and project team. If you complete all aspects of your work to the highest standard, there is less of likelihood that you will find yourself making excuses later on.
As difficult as they can sometimes be to deal with, leaving out the stakeholders is another poor decision. Getting them involved with a project from the start is the way to go. According to the article, most stakeholders will become more involved with the success of a project if given the chance.
Of course, do not ignore your instincts. It can be easy to shut out that little voice in the back of your head, but that is not always the best course of action. In short, if something feels very wrong to you, it probably is. Let your gut lead you to smart decisions that include putting quality before speed, trusting your team, not cutting corners, including the stakeholders, and trusting when something feels wrong.