PowerPoint & The Office

I was browsing social media the other day and I was reminded of the Office episode where Ryan, the intern, became an executive and started requiring all the branches to adapt to technology.

They weren’t ready.

The future wasn’t ready.

Staff wasn’t ready and clearly, Michael Scott, Manager of the Scranton Branch was not ready.

Ryan Howard is a young, ambitious person trying to change how business operates. This is a clear example of a disconnect between people who have great ideas and the actual stakeholders. In this case, Ryan was suggesting that people use PowerPoint to communicate.

We can throw all the technology at a problem and give people all the training but those are only pieces of solving a challenge. The idea is there, people agree in executing but completely disregards who will be suffering from the change.

On the flipside, Michael Scott was comfortable enough in his position that he took on an extra job.

So what’s the solution to situations like this? It’s going to take getting everyone on the same page without the bias of technology and wisdom.

Questions? Comments? This post is to get a conversation started. Let’s talk story, holler @ me.

Importance of Perspective

A popular meme that can be found by googling “What a customer really needed”

Solution Development Life Cycle (SDLC) consist of steps that are used by developers to plan, design, build, test, and deliver solutions. The basic steps seem simple enough, however, challenges will be presented. Above shows a comic poking fun at everyone’s perspectives.

The plan for the customer is to have a seat that can swing on a tree. As you can see, there are different interpretations. We must take the time to iron out differences. For example, stakeholders must provide clear, purposeful input and feedback while utilizing the expertise of each person (designer, programmer, sales, etc.).

Not all blame should be put on the stakeholder, though. Looking through each panel of the meme, every person involved in a project is guilty of being excessive in different ways. As a team progresses through each step of the cycle, there will be new factors and variables that could affect the original idea. That is why it is important for a stakeholder to not only provide input during the planning stage but offer feedback until the solution is delivered and approved.

Sometimes we just have to laugh about our differences and celebrate when we provide exactly what’s needed. Other times, maybe we need to be conscious about eachother’s strengths and weaknesses.

Do each panel remind you of any team members? Do you need help working together? Let’s talk story, holler @ me.