But it’s also time to establish parameters, to make decisions, to get sign off on the detailed plan. Establishing the objectives, defining the critical success factors, and defining the scope are key to getting things off the ground properly – and to avoiding confusion, frustration, and wasted time by the team and the project sponsors down the road.
While the mission may seem obvious and the sense of urgency may be driving a lot of tactical action, iterating the project design now will save a lot of time in the long-term. Those “next level of detail” conversations with project sponsors and stakeholders will keep the channels of communication open and the feedback loop going during this critical phase of the project.
A few productive conversations now can replace a lot of frustrating ones down the line. And save a lot of time.
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