Weekend Thoughts, 7/15/21: Get into details
I am going to start posting blogs for a semi-recurring, weekly post I make on LinkedIn. I've been more active there with shorter, summarized thoughts. They often summarize something I've learned or some perspective I've gained during the week. The first was posted around 7/15/21. As follows:
Big wins are just a collection of small steps. To be successful, you need to get into the weeds of those small steps.
Visions are directional, but plans are tactical. Any good plan should help define the specifics needed to achieve the vision. Teams plan and operate better when breaking complex problems down into smaller ones. Organizations can become paralyzed by larger aspirations without the discipline to work at a detailed level.
It’s impossible to deliver results without both understanding and defining specifics. Due diligence is required in complex organizations, assuring not just a specific result is delivered but it meets business goals, NFRs, and has alignment from stakeholders.
To reiterate: the details matter. It’s not that ideas or visions aren’t good but they can’t be met without the discipline to work on small incremental, well defined steps that yield a larger outcome.