Sprinkle on Just Enough Process

Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.

How do you know if you have too much process, too little, or just the right amount? If you ignore process completely, unpredictability and chaos can follow. If you define the process to the nth degree and follow it religiously, the work grinds to a halt. Janet Gregory shares her experiences about how to find the tastiest balance of process and creativity for your projects and organization. She proposes that a formally defined process is sometimes necessary, but that it should be the exception. Explore with Janet the many variables—team size, complexity, criticality, organization structure, and culture—you must assess to find just the right balance. Learn how to make existing processes better by adding visibility to the process, getting team members’ input, and adapting documentation you need. Learn how to transform complicated processes into simpler ones—such as reporting a simple “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”—and go home with new tools to sprinkle on just enough process.

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