Thursday, January 17, 2019

Is There an Initiative to End Initiatives Instead?

Snarky: I'd like you to be on our initiative to create new initiatives.
This is harder than it seems because organizations seem loathe to put end criteria around initiatives and initiatives can be rather open ended or discover new work during their run.  At least where I'm from, they're seldom treated like traditional projects with a discovery event, backlog, and timelines around what work is in scope and how much effort and duration it will take.  But I think that's partially because initiatives, unless they're very tightly scoped to something technical, tend to be viewed as free work from employees.  At least any real administration hours logged don't match the effort in my experience, and they're not allowed to derail your main project/s, but once started they need to produce results.  I've secretly spent a lot of time shutting down initiatives that have seen better days.  But you have to volunteer to be on them or own them to make that happen, so it comes with its own workload.

Snarky: I'd like you to be on our initiative to create new initiatives.
Title: Is there an initiative to end initiatives instead?