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Tools

How Are We Doing?

The first of our tools is the one I hinted at in the opening section. When assessing progress, we will think not in terms of partway through or 60 percent done or any of these vague notions. Rather, we will break a job down into elements (smaller jobs), and we will then record those jobs as being either done or not done. If somebody tries anything else, then we will not allow that, but rather ask that person to break the thing down into jobs that he or she can then classify as either done or not done.

At first, people might find this notion a bit alien and you might have to coach them into understanding what you mean, what you want, and why what you're asking for might actually make sense. I think you'll also find people incentivized to break things down into smaller units of detail because of the following effect. Say you have weekly meetings to assess status. Somebody won't want to attend week after week, while still reporting that the same large task is not done. Instead, if the task is broken down into smaller components, some progress can actually be reported from week to week.


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