How can other people can get value from what you are doing?
- Publish your work so that others can see it in the way they want.
If that’s email+Word, then create Word documents. If it’s Confluence or SharePoint, find out how to publish into those environments. If it’s Jira, then look for an interface into that. You chose your modelling tool for your own reasons – don’t expect others to share those reasons
If they are expecting a document, and you give them online web access with Prolaborate, that might seem like a smarter way to work, but now you have an additional task to change the way they do things. Fitting-in with them is the best way. Time later to change how they do things
Be explicit about which of time, quality or cost you are improving. And just because you are creating a higher-quality document – if it comes at the expense of more time and more money – that might not please your managers. So look at all three.
- Don’t promise ‘improvements tomorrow’.
Managers get all kinds of suggestions for brilliant ideas/dreams on how they can spend time+money today, for some benefit in the future. Don’t be one of those dreamers. Think through the problem end-to-end, from the initial workshops, through to the deliverable document/website.
- Be clear on how you’ll make things better right from the start.
(‘Start’ here is from the point where you figure out how to do it, not from the point where you start learning). So your idea to use a modelling tool arrives in front of your manager with a costed, planned way to make things better, not a distant dream of a vaguely brighter future.
(first published on the “Artful Modeler” blog in 2015.)