I had a meeting recently which was about communicating messages.
We talked about using 3rd party websites to do this. Some people in the meeting were very nervous about that and focussed a lot on the risks. To be fair that was their job, but I often feel that we don't focus enough on the potential rewards associated with doing things differently.
Those different things might not work of course, but you learn through every failure and I'm sure I read somewhere you have to speculate to accumulate.
I use a lot of risk registers. I focus on risks. I don't use so many reward registers. I'm always looking at mitigating the potential for the negative and not so focussed on embracing and maximising the potential positives. It sometimes feels a very negative way of working.
I guess it's coz risks are better understood, or at least better imagined, because they have happened often before or people just find it easier to believe the possibility of something negative happening. But how big is that potential risk and could you live with it if the potential reward is worth it?
Doing things in an Agile way is a good solution because you get to test things, and tweak and evolve. The scale of risk is smaller at each stage and perhaps not as scary.
Change comes though taking risks.
But it also comes through selling rewards.
Make sure you do a proper assessment of the potential reward and sell that opportunity to decision makers.
Mr Paul Wyse