I drove through a torrential downpour on my way to work this morning. As I was stopped at an intersection across from a hospital, I saw that their sprinklers were watering the grass. I could barely make out the sprinkler water through the constant downpour that pelted my windshield.
Do you see the irony in this? It may seem funny until you realize you probably do the same thing in your business. You may be letting your sprinklers run during a rainstorm if:
- Two teams in your company are working on the same project deliverable but have no idea the other team exists.
- You’re working hard to create a product that can be purchased for less or is free somewhere else.
- Schedules don’t take into consideration work that has been done or that will be done soon.
- Your company has as a project that, when finished, won’t give the customer any added benefit from what they already have.
Take a look at your business. Are you duplicating effort needlessly?
The sprinklers work great when there hasn’t been any rain. Are you coordinating your schedule and being timely with your deliverables?