Project detective work

I was struck tonight as i prepare to start a couple of new projects what information I would want to gather to ensure i had a full picture of the work that has been done, is being done and has yet to be done to ensure a successful completion. Gathering the right information now and ensuring it is available can save time later . At the same time i started reading a new crime thriller where one of the detectives is assessing the evidence gathered to date to form connections between two crimes. They also remember advice given to them that asking the same question in different ways will ensure you have all the right information. I’m guessing you may know where I can going with this by now and as every crime is different so is every project.

So lots of questions gathering even the basic information i.e. project plans, requirements, other project documentation must be asked and all that reviewed to ensure there are no gaps in what is required. Missing pieces of information can leave you with an incomplete picture and mean delays later in the project (or solving the crime :))

Over the years i have developed questions and lists that at least act as starters in this process – anyone else have any insights, lists, observations or crime solving tools 🙂

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About chriscashell

I have been working in IT for most industries during my career and delivering change through solutions combining process re-engineering and software systems. This has involved taking a disparate group of people to form project teams and setting out on a mission to change the business and drive it forward to meet compelling goals. Building and being part of a successful team is a great experience and seeing organizations and individuals embrace change is a rewarding experience. I want to share my insights into those experiences and thoughts and find out what others believe can make change fun and enjoyable.
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One Response to Project detective work

  1. he blog was how do i say it… relevant, finally something that helped me.
    Thanks

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