Got this in my LinkedIn feed today and had to repost it, because it’s brilliant(ly accurate) 😉
“Our mantra is MonkeyFirst. The idea is that if you want to get a monkey on a pedestal to recite Shakespeare, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal. Because training the monkey is the hard part – anyone can build a pedestal!
The problem is that most people start with the pedestal, because it’s what they know. And by building it, they can show early progress against a timeline. Unfortunately, building a pedestal really gets you nowhere. Unless you can actually train the monkey, working on the pedestal is just wasted effort.”
So, look at your projects and decide which parts of them are monkeys and which parts are pedestals…