8 Ways to Prevent Paralysis by Analysis

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October 2012 Volume 4 | Issue 10

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Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

Paralysis by analyis is a show-stopper and project killer! Paralysis by analysis is when a situation is unneccesarily mulled over for hours, days, weeks, and even months without a decision being made. Every minor fact and data point is obssessed over until so much time passes that the opportunity to make a good decision is lost.

Why is paralysis by analysis so deadly? Because it brings everyone else on your team to a grinding halt. Everyone is waiting for a decision to be made before they can move forward. What can you do if you are faced with this challenge? This month’s edition of PMP in Practice zeroes in on 8 ways that you can prevent paralyis by analysis.

So, don’t even think about it for one second further and make the decision now to read about “8 Ways to Eliminate Paralysis by Analysis”!

Wishing you continued success!


Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt),

Founder – PDUs2Go.com

8 Ways to Prevent Paralysis by AnalysisHave you ever been ready to execute your project and you just can’t seem to get your team going? Here are eight tips to alleviate analysis paralysis and get things done:#1: Have Inputs in Place Prior to the Executing PhasePeople need information in order to accomplish their tasks and deliverables It’s very important to have that information coming in during the executing and controlling phases. Anticipate what your team member’s needs are and have that information ready and waiting for them when they need it to move forward during their phase of the project. We may sometimes feel that we’ll get everyone the information in a “just-in-time” manner. Resist this urge and have what they need well in advance.

#2: Go!

The plan has been designed, communicated to everyone, and is ready to be implemented, so just go! Changes will happen. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s important just to begin executing. I have a mentor who says, “Version one is better than version none.” So get going, and make changes along the way. Agile project management methodologies embrace the fact that everything will not be perfect out of the gate. If concern over change is an excuse for not moving forward, consider using an agile methodology such as scrum.

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