The jungle where all Rhino animals live
Stuck? Running circles with Rhino? Yikes, I totally just felt one myself. If your project goals are looking a bit out of reach, here is an interesting piece on how to improve workflow and output from Product Design and Development contributor, Alan Nicol.
Everyone has experienced that frustration of a project, design, new product, new process, new template, or some fix or improvement of any kind getting stuck and going nowhere. The worst thing we can do is let that betterment lie in the stuck state. It hurts on too many levels.
At an objective business level, a stuck project is a resource drain, even if no one is really putting any effort to it. At some level someone is assigned to that project and is supposed to be working on it. If they are not, then we either have a resource with time and energy available to work on something else, or we have another type of resource allocation problem. Either way, we have a problem.
Yeah well Mr. Nicol, what steps can we take to jump start necessary change and improvements?
If your project ends up in the mud, going nowhere, for any reason, do not just leave it there and watch it rust along with everyone else. Do something.
Do what? There are three basic tactics to deal with the bogged project:
Now if your current project hits a rut, I hope this blog post by Alan Nicol points you in the right direction towards finding a solution. To get more tips on how to ride out the mud bog, feel free to read Nicol's entire post over here at Product Design & Development.