Time Waster Competing Priorities

As the project chugs along in fits and spurts, more demands are placed on team members as business priorities change. In some cases, the business sponsor for the ERP project is adding new requirements to list that is now so long, the project time could literally double as a result. Since no one has said anything to the contrary, the business sponsor is fully expecting all requirements to be fulfilled.

At the same time, business sponsors of other projects are complaining loudly that their needs are going unmet. They insist on stealing "just a little" time from ERP project team members to get their own projects on track. Because the ERP project team is "virtual" in nature, many members actually report directly to the business units that fund them. They agree to devote some time to their business units over the coming months. In most cases these agreements are tacit. Dave is unaware that he has lost up to a day a week from many key team members.

When Belinda asks Dave for a project update, he confesses that they are way behind schedule. When pressed for a reason, Dave scratches his head. He allows that the project scope has expanded somewhat, but that none of his team members had raised any red flags as a result. He also acknowledges that some of his team members may be spending time on other projects, but he thought this time was negligible.

Belinda keeps her anger in check as she suggests to Dave that he and the team regroup immediately and pinpoint all problems that are causing these delays and develop action plans to solve these problems. She wants a report by the end of the week

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