Lead IT Business Systems Analyst
Howard Pearce is a Lead IT Business Systems Analyst in Cleveland, Ohio. Howard has...
Is The "Good Idea Fairy" Really Your Enemy?
"Your project has started, you’re gaining momentum, you’re getting things done, and finally building something! Then a voice in the pod says “Hey, while the hood is up, how ‘bout we….” [cue the sounds of screeching tires and breaking glass]. The “Good Idea Fairy” has arrived, waved his glittering wand, and introduced a distraction. Or has he…? In preparing to start a project, we work very hard to understand the goals of the project, to build our Business Case, to identify those features that deliver the greatest Business Value. With the amount of time we spend planning, it’s understandable to feel that scope changes are really just things we failed to identify in planning. But that’s not always true. The “Good Idea Fairy” sometimes identifies things you couldn’t have known earlier on. As the project team grows from the planning staff to the execution staff you’ve got many sets of “new eyes” looking at the project, and they frequently see things the planning team hadn’t. This session will talk about how to know more earlier, how to share what we’ve learned, and how to make sure we have valuable conversations later in the project rather than simply having the same conversation over and over again with different people. "