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Production Without Goals

February 9, 2010

“Without metrics [and] targets, you have no idea how fast you are working and you use your Customer as your Quality Control department” ~ Tom Foster

I was reading through Tom Foster’s management skills blog when I saw the quote above.  It reminded me how easy it is to get wrapped up in what we are doing that we do not take the time to look at how we are doing it.  When working on any type of project this way it becomes almost impossible to not miss deadlines, have issues with quality, stray from the scope of the project, or some combination thereof. 

So how do we avoid this? We all have our own ways of planning for a project but I have found it helpful to think of it in terms of a road trip, probably because I love going places.

  • Know where you are going:  Clearly define your objective and set measurable goals.  It is not enough to just set goals.  They must be measurable.  If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.
  • Know how you are going to get there: Create a plan that will serve as a road map to obtaining the goals you have set.  Details are everything.  The goal is to build a plan that someone else could implement without your help.
  • Know when you will arrive:  Set a time table to your plan and stick to it.  Plan for obstacles and detours along the way.  Just make sure you arrive on time.

We may not have all the answers up front and we may need to pull over from time to time and revise our route but by clearly defining these three points before beginning a project we can dramatically improve the success of our project. 

I would love to hear about how you approach a project in terms of planning and setting measurable goals.

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