KNOW WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM

Projects often focus too much on future state and not enough on current state

KNOW WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM

Most projects follow a similar process:

  1. Model future state – what is the desired outcome?
  2. Analyze current state – what do the existing systems, processes and outcomes look like?
  3. Conduct gap analysis – what needs to be done to bridge the gap?

Typically, there are good solution design tools for 1. and good project management tools for 3. The problem is 2. A word that we hear often from clients is ‘gnarly.’ They want to better understand current state but they don’t know how … and if you don’t understand current state adequately then how can you conduct a useful gap analysis?

“If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going. And if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably going wrong.”

― Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

Current states are often not clearly documented with key knowledge lost or dispersed across a number of Subject Matter Experts … Ever growing complexity creates Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt … FUD leads to poor thinking and bad decision making … Does any of that sound familiar??

Mind the Gap

START WHERE YOU ARE

You have a project. There’s confusion around current state. Hubscope can help.

START WHERE YOU ARE

Visualization is the antidote to FUD because it forces teams to clarify, simplify, and focus on the essential:

  • Confirmation and consensus – challenge the team’s beliefs, invite stakeholders to comment, contribute and collaborate.
  • Validity and risk – validate, iterate and improve the team’s understanding.
  • Planning – investigate and account for complexity.

Hubscope is particularly useful where there is a high need for collaboration because the project scope, requirements and deliverables are complex and fluid:

  1. Is your project high risk?
  2. Is your project high profile or a reasonably high investment?
  3. Is your project complex with many dependencies?
  4. Do you have multiple different stakeholders or vendors?
  5. Do you already have lots of useful project data stored in spreadsheets?

If the answer is yes, to three or more of these questions, then you should try out Hubscope.

FUD

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