When an outsider evaluates the progress of a project a question that often comes up is . . . “how long did that take you?” There might be a touch of cynicism in the tone, a little judgment. The assumption is progress is taking too long. Team members also may value fast progress over slower progress.
The time it takes to achieve a task is only one measurement. When gauging progress consider the following categories.To remain agile — assign a status of High, Medium, Low to this assessment. In your project are you:
- Building a strong business foundation?
- Taking thoughtful risk and assessing consequences carefully?
- Are you anticipating risk and planning for possible outcomes?
- Have you employed thoughtful recovery from failure?
- Are you using resources wisely?
- Are you employing a sage use of time?
- Is your work aligned with the organization’s vision? strategy?
- Is every action true to the organization’s values?
- What is the best possible solution considering your current capabilities?
- Are you establishing realistic goals? adjusting when necessary? Are your processes as efficient as they can be?
- Is there effective Leadership on all levels?
Once you apply a high, medium or low status to the above then determine if you are moving too fast or too slow.
Be careful of letting a stopwatch alone dictate your results.