My latest project has taken me far from home - I am quite sure I could not be further without leaving the continental US – and the bitter winds of the North East coast have me shivering in my black pumps. Because of the great distance between work and family, compounded by my desire to avoid flying during the holidays, I went home the weekend prior to Thanksgiving and stayed in Connecticut through the long weekend. My parents surprised me with an early Thanksgiving dinner – what a treat to still get a feast! – and we spent the whole day catching up. While I giggled to myself about having exceeded my stomach capacity and improperly estimated appropriate pie slice requirements, I considered the goals of my current project.
Being on a project of two people introduces unique dynamics that are, ironically enough, diametrically opposed to the problems of our client. While my boss and I are necessarily dependent on each other to accomplish every task, I've found that large groups may become isolationist and you have to work to avoid communication gaps. Only through tedious interviewing and documenting can the sources of the problems be identified. With industry standards and deep understanding of best practices, appropriate solutions are discovered and, over time, implemented.
Even my team of two went through the same process as we learned each other’s current skill sets, identified what we would need to complete the project, and what gaps, if any, we would need to overcome. Though my boss is new to Accenture, he knows the technology inside and out. Between his years of experience and my familiarity with Accenture processes and support tools, we were able to tackle this project. I love that we have learned from the client, learned from each other, and completed a meaningful deliverable. It is not always easy to admit weaknesses, but with honesty and a genuine willingness to change, large, complex problems can be solved.