Next week, I’ll be traveling to Chicago with several members of my team for the Cultivate 09 Conference.
While we’re there, Terry Storch and I will be talking about combustion engines…sort of. Actually, we’ll be discussing the idea that the same principles that propel an engine can also build momentum for your team.
Small explosions, or really a carefully timed series of small explosions, are what make an engine run. To create thrust on our teams, we need to figure out how to mix the right ingredients at the right time.
What are the right ingredients? A great idea. A great team. Appropriate autonomy and empowerment. Intensity. Short term scope with high expectations.
There have been times when we’ve drastically shortened the scope for a given project, and in turn have experienced dramatic results. By focusing on what can be accomplished in a short period of time, we’re able to tackle those pieces and then move on (quickly) to the next thing.
Is there a project or idea you’ve been putting off because it’s just too much? What can be done in two weeks? How about one week?