Posts Tagged ‘conditions of satisfaction’

Close enough is rarely good enough

Monday, April 26th, 2021

When I graduated from college to start my first job, one of the things that I had to learn was how to be accurate. In college, they let you get by with things. You don’t have to check your work. If you are close enough, that’s good enough.

But I discovered very quickly in that first job that people count on everything we do being 100% accurate. That was a brutal new reality for which I wasn’t the least bit prepared.


Conditions of Satisfaction

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When have you REALLY finished a project? When you KNOW the conditions of the project are completely satisfied. You see…all projects are like a sandwich and the conditions of satisfaction are the bread.

Before you EVEN start the project, get the conditions of satisfaction from your boss—as much detail as you possibly can on when it needs to be done, what the components are what things NEED to be included in the final project for it to be a success—deadline, components, best practices, likely obstacles, the works.

This is the first slice of bread. And it’s your job to get them. Your boss can’t mind read so she doesn’t know what you don’t know. As a receiver of the information, take charge to fully understand before moving ahead.

Next – is the meat. The actual project.

When you think you’re done, STOP! Be sure to put on that last piece of bread. Go to your boss and explain that you THINK you finished, but you want to be sure that every condition of the project was fulfilled.

Only then is the project closed, and it’s time to tee up the next one.