I work to design “rest stops” in my projects.
These rest stops aren’t necessarily milestones (though milestones make good rest stops).
Rest stops are places within the execution of the project where the team can take a breather and evaluate what they need.
- Do they have the resources to continue?
- What changes have occurred in the environment since they started?
- Are there new resources available?
- How are the team members feeling and what do they need to recharge?
- Are we on the right path? If not – how do we get back on the right path?
- Should we even keep going?
The Pennsylvania Turnpike rest stop is just one type of “out”. The road is straight, there are limited “outs.” On the Pennsylvania Turnpike, you pay extra if you follow one of the exits and return. Having mindfully designed rest stops helps to mitigate the risk of accruing unnecessary expenses.
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