Do this before kicking off a new project

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You have brainstormed, you have the idea, you are ready to go! So where should you start?

If you know me, you know I am about to drop a framework (and an acronym to boot!), despite the best idea and the urge to put in motion, I recommend you BOIL down a few points to ensure all stakeholders and collaborators are on the same page before getting started.

BACKGROUND

Some questions to answer in this stage include:

  1. What is the problem that needs solving?
  2. What currently exists to solve the problem?
  3. What other solutions were considered?
  4. Why did you decide to take action or in other words “why this now”?

OBJECTIVE

Quite simply this is the stage in order to determined clear goals and success metrics for the project and define done.

IMPLICATIONS

Some questions to answer in this stage include:

  1. What conflicting priorities exist? What is the impact of those priorities?
  2. What would happen if we do nothing?
  3. How would changes made in this project create a ripple effect in other projects?
  4. What needs to be done after this is complete?

LOGISTICS

Some questions to answer in this stage include:

  1. What are the roles of the stakeholders and contributors?
  2. What type of decisions need to be made and how (i.e. The owner makes them, a vote is made, there is a consensus among stakeholders)?
  3. How will work be documented? How often will asynchronous updates be shared?
  4. When will synchronous meetings be needed and what is the purpose of those meetings?
  5. What is the timeline? What specific milestones need to be reached?
  6. What does done look like? How will we know it is complete?
  7. What is your expected feedback loop? How will we measure success?

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