Why? Because we have to keep the projects we work on moving along according to schedule – make sure people meet when they say they’re going to meet and put the right information in front of the right people to make decisions. A good chunk of the time when dealing with clients we’re just helping them do what they’re already doing more efficiently. Not as sexy as redefining a company’s strategic vision but it pays the bills.
From the firm’s perspective, most spend a ridiculous amount of money on recruitment and training fees for every new person they bring on, so the better you can plan accurately the greater chance you have to manage employee expectations, improve morale, and hopefully reduce attrition.
This all boils down to taking your time, collecting the right info and getting your plan right up front. Everyone will be much happier for it in the long run.
What do you think? Do you frequently find yourself chasing moving targets? What impact does if have on you or your teams?