Define the Deliverables

Matt Perman over at What’s Best Next (a blog that I’ve been following for a couple of months) has a great post on making sure you Define the Deliverables on a project.  Don’t just come up with the ideas, make sure you take time to figure out exactly what’s expected.  Matt says:

Defining the deliverables directs your attention to outcomes rather than activities.  Activities are not necessarily productive.  Many of the activities we do are not necessary…if you think first of deliverables, your mind is directed right away to outcomes instead. This will immediately filter out a whole bunch of activities and cause you to identify and focus in on only the activities that are actually essential to the project.

Check out the rest of the post here.  While you’re over there, you might want to look at some of his other great posts on priorities and productivity.


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