Remember: Before embarking on a team task, it is of utmost importance that all team members agree to a systematically laid out action plan. A concise, unambiguous plan that is fully supported by your team mates will help you avoid disappointing outcomes as well as provide a definite line-of-sight for the project.
A good action plan must provide answers to the following questions:
- What is doable? How much improvement activity can we manage over the next few weeks?
- What is fair? How can we ensure that everyone on the team is an equal partner in our improvement project?
- Where do we need help? For what areas will we need the help of other work groups or managers or external resources? How will we go about getting the help we need?
- What could go wrong? What obstacles are we likely to face and how can we prevent or work through them?
Ensuring that all these questions are answered before embarking on any project creates buy-in from all team members while also securing participation on all fronts. An action plan will also serve to lay a realistic framework before work is embarked upon.
Embarking on a team project this week? Create a mutually agreeable team action plan before kicking off the project… … …Today!