Are you the sort of person who makes instantaneous decisions on projects? You know the sort of thing: something unexpected (off the risk register) has happened. You are faced with a real problem…so instantaneous decision making kicks in.
During project management training courses I am often surprised at the decisions making skills of course participants:
• making decisions without full information – sometimes without any real information.
• failing to ask any question let alone the right questions
• making decisions without thinking through the impact on other areas such as budgets or staff morale/motivation
When I point this out to participants they nod their heads in agreement. They acknowledge that they need to think about their decisions making skills.
The interesting issue individuals and groups point to is the implied desire for instantaneous decisions making i.e. something has happened so you must make a decisions …now! Clearly, in some cases there is a need for fast decision making; however as course members say a time for reflection would be really useful
A quick dip on to the net shows 35 million responses for decisions making techniques. From my experience, few people seem to use these on real projects. Feedback suggests that a lot of decisions are based on experience and ‘gut feel.’ However, as many people on courses point out, they are faced with completely new experiences so is it any wonder decisions are often not as good as they should be?
So, what are your decisions making skills like? Maybe you need to make a decision as to whether you need to go on a decision making course!