One of the saddest things in management is the gold star looming on the project plan that says, “Breakthrough required HERE!”
Next time you are faced with a thorny problem, consider using the Life Boat Rule.
The Life Boat Rule is You have to make it with your current crew, no substitutions.
When I remember the Life Boat Rule, I save a lot of time, not mooning for some random waterwalker.
Our solution is based on existing skills and our best technologies. We know what we’ve got, and spend less time reading directions and hacking our way out of failed prototypes.
When I am recruiting, remembering the Life Boat Rule has SOMETIMES stopped a dumb selection.
After my crew understands the Life Boat Rule, people are faster to step up for what is required. As my good friend John Wayne used to say between movies, “A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.”
Of course when we’re all fully committed to using our existing talent and resources and nicely making way, we look a lot better to some random water walker if one happens by.