Lessons from Cricket
All the while, waiting fielders and batters can be used to make runs so the batters don’t get so tired. Noooooo, I hear you plead, this would be a nightmare. I agree, it’s a compelling concept but it makes no sense. Yet on projects and programs, we expect people to do just that, Do their day job, deliver to one or more projects, dividing their time and loyalty, delivering top results simultaneously on a number of fronts.
The theory is that we can get more done in less time if we use people more efficiently.
Where cricket is effective but not efficient; many organisations are efficient but not so effective. Perhaps the most effective approach would be to accept that sometimes the role of team members is to do nothing but watch and maintain readiness so they can do their very best work, exactly when and where it’s needed.
Perhaps instead of changing cricket we should change how we approach projects and programs.
Perhaps a little inefficiency can increase effectiveness. What do you think?
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The One True Way
Every now and then something comes along that sticks. Sometimes it’s an idea I can’t shake, or the slightest break in memory giving me a glimpse of something important, something I want to know again.
Would you hire a remote project leader?
I say leader because I don’t want to get into the debate about what should be the role of the project or program manager/director.
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