What Are You Working On?

March 4, 2009

An article by Vaughan Merlyn titled; How Many “Top Priorities” Does Your IT Organization Have? is a good one to read.

Mr. Merlyn is a consultant, author, and researcher focused on large organizations. But the concept is also valid for us in the SMB space.

Do you have a laundry list of IT Gotta Do’s?

Prune the list, move them all to the back burner.

Many of them have probably been sitting there for ages and don’t even have value any more as circumstances have changed.

In this post titled; A Decision In Time  I stated;

Any decision that we make in our business is valid only at the time and circumstance where that decision was made.

Guess What. The circumstances have changed

So review those decisions and plan for just a few items that will have immediate impact on business growth, customer satisfaction, or cost reduction.

When you have one finished, sure, review the back burner list and slot in one more.

You can’t drive your car by looking in the rear view mirror.

So keep reviewing, because any decision you make may change the priority of the ones on the back burner vs. one that is currently in the short list.

So if it is no longer a priority, cut it.

Keeping that project going as a priority when your dance partner has changed is just a needless waste of money.

Photo Credit Red-Cyan

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