The pressure of IT projects make people doubt themselves at the time they need to believe in themselves #HoskCodeWisdom
It’s easy believing your plan is the right thing to do before the start but when it begins, money is being spent pressure builds and those easy decisions suddenly become scary decisions.
When the pressure is on, people can doubt decisions because now decisions carry consequences but it’s at this moment you need to believe in your yourself and your decisions.
During a project lots of people have opinions, question decisions and their will be a clamour to decide with guaranteed outcomes. You can mitigate the problem by making sure you are using the correct criteria for the decision. The criteria you use to decide is as important as the decision.
Complex decisions contain risk, the result is in the balance and there is a possibility of making the wrong decision.
Don’t fear being wrong
Making the wrong decision or making a mistake is part of the process of getting it right.
You make wrong decisions, live with it, focus on learning, improving and using the feedback to move in the right direction.
This is the time you need to believe, make sure you can justify the criteria, decisions and go for it. You make the decisions with the information you had at the time, the right decision is only obvious after the outcome.
It’s important for the project to avoid a blame culture and ensure people are not afraid of making mistakes. You want people to voice their opinions and suggest what they think is right, not scared to speak up.
Wisdom of crowds
Another area decisions are difficult is when a decisions conflicts with the majority, status quo or the way things were previously done. People are wary of change and are reluctant to support it but there are circumstances when change is needed. Focus on the facts and highlight the assumptions, this allows you make decisions based on facts not opinions or beliefs.
I will finish with a quote from the zen pugilist Mike Tyson
Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth. Mike Tyson