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Reviewing our work

November 2, 2011

Talking shop or brain wave?

I was recently invited to a meeting reviewing a large piece of work that had been seen by the council as a priority. The project board for this project was, at a time, huge. The meeting room we used had 15 chairs in it and I’m sure they had, more or less, always been full in previous meetings.

However, this time there were six people in the room and one of them was me (a guest/neutral there for just the review). As if to back this up the apologies list at the beginning of the meeting was long and I began to wonder whether the project was taken that seriously at all.

It turns out, happily, that the project was taken very seriously indeed, but with one caveat; it was taken seriously whilst the project was going on.

It’s easy to see why people were keen to engage early on. The members of staff involved were willing to come to a meeting, and indeed contribute to a project whilst the actual ‘work’ was going on. There would be tasks to complete, things to feedback on and an agenda to influence. As the old saying goes; ‘you can’t complain about the outcome if you don’t take part.’