“Think about your work (project?) plan. Are you focused on activities or outcomes? Be honest now.”
I had 63 responses and they cam back like this;
- Activities (Process drives consistent quality) 19 (30%)
- Outcomes (Start with the end in mind) 34 (53%)
- What plan (I'm adaptive) 10 (15%)
The 10 responses to what plan are a bit alarming for me!
If this was your response do me a favour – reply to this blog post and tell me why.
My assumption is that you answer was either tongue in cheek, or you really don’t plan your work (and I expect you are more likely in the BA reader pool than the PM audience.
BA’s – you should be planning your work in as much detail as anyone. It’s complicated, and dependent on many external factors. As a result planning is a vital activity to help your work integrate into the overall project schedule and expected outcomes.
Activities versus Outcomes
The research has been done and while at a macro level, process orientation is important, and possibly even a long term indicator of success, the important thing for projects is to focus on outcomes. It’s even one of Stephen Covey’s seven effective habits; ‘Start with the end in mind.’
For further information on this idea take a look at Josh Nakivel's blog.
Now, if you disagree - I'd love to hear your argument for a process over outcome orientation.