Whether you look at it that way or not, you always work on projects.
Do you realize how much time you spend for:
- clarifying vagueness,
- prepare status reports,
- safeguarding yourself, and
- protecting your interests
… if things go haywire in the end?
As time passes, the total time spent on all such activities becomes so significant that it prevents you from delivering the project’s actual value.
As time passes, everyone, including you starts to feel that the project is not going well.
So you end up protecting more of your interests and keep a list of excuses ready to handle the confrontation.
Such activities may save your back on “judgment day” and protect you against visible failure.
But do you realize that the same activities are keeping you busy from producing and delivering meaningful work?
If you do this consistently, it offers the great (negative) outcomes of compounding.
How do you want to approach your business?
You can credit your craft, or you can discredit it.
Customer collaboration or contract negotiation—your choice.