Here’s the transcript of the video above if you can’t check it out in all its glory. :-)
Abdicating responsibility while maintaining control
I’ve had this idea in my head for a few days now, but I just had to get it out. I was involved in a monster sized project recently. The whole thing spanned six months from planning to implementation. Now that it’s finally over, I had hoped to move on and maybe even relax a bit.
But now there’s a snag.
One stakeholder had decided to make changes to the finished product, even though the person had an opportunity to do it in the previous months. The weird twist? This stakeholder is supposed to be maintaining the finished product. It’s this person’s job. But they want my partner and me to do it for them. They want to abdicate any responsibility whatsoever while still maintaining control of this thing.
What kind of person does that? The way I see it, you can do one of two things.
- One, you can take responsibility for the project from here on and you can be in the driver’s seat.
- The other option is that you hand off responsibility and control for the whole shebang.
But mix and match doesn’t work here. Pick one and stick to it.
What do you think? Am I crazy (well, I mean more than normal!)? Is it too much to ask for people to maintain a semblance of responsibility for something that’s assigned to them? Drop a comment below.