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The Wolves are at the Door--Prioritization to the Rescue!

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The Wolves are at the Door--Prioritization to the Rescue!

01/19/10

Permalink 06:14:00 pm, Categories: IT Leadership, Business Leadership

It is 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon and you have just finished your weekly executive team meeting. More projects are under consideration. You want to deliver the most value to the business, but everyone wants their project to be Priority #1. How are you going to get everything done?

First, everyone must understand that if there is more than one #1 priority, there is **NO** #1 priority. As a business leader, you must help the organization direct the right resources, in the right quantities, to each project. To do this, you must act as an arbitrator, bringing together the various parties and helping them to understand each other's needs relative to the overall organization's needs.

One effective method for doing this is to list out all of the projects, along with the resources (e.g. people) that each project needs. Do this in a fashion that shows where the same resource is needed for multiple projects. Share this with the all of the business leaders for the projects--all in the same room at the same time. Also share the overall organizational goals--and note which projects meet which goals. If the goals for the organization have been prioritized, use this prioritization as well to assist with prioritizing the individual projects.

This simple exercise can help to clarify which projects should be worked on first--and help everyone to understand WHY the particular order was decided. Hang onto the documentation from this meeting--in a few months, you'll be glad you did!!


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