When we start a new project our vision and clarity of thought make it easy for us to create solutions for all the known problems that lay before us.
Of course what we can’t do at the start is answer the questions that will eventually rise out of the complexity of discovering all the unknown problems tucked beneath the surface.
The goal isn’t to try an figure out the complexity before it happens. Rather, our focus should be on developing our communication.
Ways we can do this:
Restate the vision often and with different metaphors (evolve the storytelling as your project evolves).
Talk often (3-weekly) as a team to identify gabs in understanding.
Create systems as the need for them arises that aid in making your communication more transparent and recordable.
Develop the understanding that once someone in the team sees an issue, their role is to bring it forward so everyone can work on creating an answer.
None of these steps are silver bullets and are really hard to stay on top of. However, employing them will certainly make your job of finding success after starting just that little bit easier. Any advantage we can get with that will do.