During most projects we will have developed a plan often involving processes. Typically each of these processes can be broken down into a step by step method for achieving some outcome. Where things get complicated is when projects have many of these processes and steps taking place at the same time. Basics.
As we improve our skills, we begin to see steps in each of these processes which could be completed in a different, more efficient order. Occasionally, we will find ways to combine or eliminate steps entirely. This is where I would like to emphasize caution today.
These processes, no matter how well established, were likely born out of some depth of experiences. Before you twist a knob in the processes, you need to ask yourself just how many times have you observed this process in its entirety? If the answer is less than 5 – than now might not be a good time to skip a step. Along the lines of “listen first” I believe that it is highly important to sit back and the process play out before you criticize it. Highly probable that it has interim steps designed as safeguards against unintended consequences and that although you may see the conclusion on the horizon that these interim steps may insure your project’s success.
Please keep the “listen first” mentality in mind before you look to skip a step next time. That step is probably there for a reason and, despite your proclivity for innovation, you may want to sit back and let the process play out a time or two before cutting it up.