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Chapter 7. SURVIVAL and PI > Undue haste makes waste

7.2. Undue haste makes waste

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You may make a wrong move when you react quickly without thinking or planning, and that move may result in your capture or death. Don't move just for the sake of taking action. Consider all aspects of your situation (size up your situation) before you make a decision and a move. If you act in haste, you may forget or lose some of your equipment, and you may become disoriented so that you don’t know which way to go. Plan your moves so that you are prepared to move out quickly without endangering yourself if the enemy is near you.

One of the most important reasons for sizing up the situation is to prevent taking action that ultimately could be harmful. Much of the scouting and planning we describe in the first two parts of the book is useful even during the execution of your project. A common pitfall for change efforts is charging ahead before sufficient commitment for the effort has been made by the relevant management team.

There are several possible ways to make sure you take the appropriate amount of time. Using the Reflect phase of the DLI life cycle as a “haste” monitor can keep you from jumping from success headlong into a major barrier. If you treat organizational change as a project with the relevant product development standards being applied, you can slow down before moving into unknown territory and identify the risks that are likely to occur. By having thought through your activities during planning, you’ll also be less likely to become disoriented or distracted from your goals.

Techniques that support Undue haste makes waste:

  • Technology adoption measurement

  • Project retrospectives

  • Readiness and fit analysis

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