Devil in the Detail

September 12, 2021 Author Debra DeLeo-Moolenaar

The unstable, ever changing nature of today's world coupled with increasing complexity makes tactical implementation critical for both work and personal projects.

Three key factors determine success: (1) bring it in or under budget, (2) executing it within the given time frame, and (3) following the implementation plan. Failure in one or all of these often boils down to essential misunderstanding of three essential givens:

  1. What seems simple can be deceptively complex: blueprints are fantastic but the devil is in the detail. Anticipate potential obstacles in advance and already have lined up the additional expertise to get past them.
  2. Time is your enemy: everyone wants everything done yesterday and they apply pressure to accomplish this. Resist. Good managers know it takes more time to fix something that has gone wrong than to have done it right in the first place.
  3. Buy in is not automatic: implementation of any project requires change and resistance is only to be expected. But it won't derail your project if you specifically get by in in advance - for every single step from beginning to end and from  every single person involved an affected.
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