The Good .. the ideal project
The Bad .. the typical project
The Ugly .. the actual project
The Ideal Project ... the Good ..
Flawless strategy ..
Flawless execution ..
The textbook case of perfection ..
This project doesn’t really exist ..
But it’s what we strive for ..
Continuous improvement .. is about progress not perfection
There is no such thing as the perfect plan …
There is no such thing as perfect information
Things change & shit happens .. Murphy’s Law is alive & well
Therefore .. there is no such thing as flawless execution
At the same time .. there are always things we can do better ..
The Talking Football is a mechanism to promote and increase communication
It’s about progress .. not perfection
How can we accomplish this mission ..
What can we improve for the next mission
What did we learn?
Extreme Ownership is the key .. to learning & improving .. It's also the hardest part of the job
- What mistakes & errors did we make
- What can we improve upon
- What did do well
The Typical Project .. The Bad .. the project no one wants to work on
These projects are somewhat of a nightmare & some of them are Doomed To Fail from the word go ..
- Red tape
- Excessive bureaucracy
- Endless meetings
- Pointless emails being sent every minute
- Blame .. scapegoating .. & finger pointing
These projects are never any fun .. and they cause good people to leave
Or they just get burned out & stay .. but don’t really do anything
The Actual Project is a blend of of the good & the bad
We can’t plan perfectly .. we will never have full or complete information
Murphy’s Law .. Captain Murphy as I affectionately call him .. will always show up at the worst possible time .. and when you least expect him
Therefore we can’t execute perfectly
Plan .. but don’t overplan
Planning Is Priceless .. Plans Are Useless
In a fast paced and dynamic environment where change is constant, a detailed plan that spells out every detail and all the minutiae is obsolete before the ink is dry
Identify the objective and let your people figure out how to achieve it.
Commanders Intent is the clear & concise definition & description of what success looks like .. Define the mission .. get out of the way
Execution Matters ..
Micromanagement decreases execution ..
Bureaucracy and red tape just slows things down ..
Strangling innovation & choking execution ..
Discipline equals freedom.
The 4 Disciplines Of Execution .. A simple method to execute as a team ..
How to improve your batting average
We can’t spend all of our time in meetings talking about all the minutiae .. wondering Why We Can’t Get Anything Done
Does It Make Sense To Talk?