When in Doubt…Go and See
On a recent project, some senior leaders were asking for an update on the development of an app the team was building. The team is using the Agile methodology, so there is progress and changes every day or two to the app.
Instead of trying to explain the progress, the team invited the senior leaders to the work space for a demo.
The demo went incredibly. As soon as they saw the app, there was great understanding of how it worked. Everyone was able to see not only the customer interaction, but also the aesthetics of the app.
The senior leaders asked some really great questions about the customer experience and how the app worked. Because the team is using the Agile methodology, they were able to quickly add the changes to the app for a better customer experience.
If you want to understand something, go and see it. It seems so simple. Yet, that is not the first instinct of most.
By the team asking the senior leaders to come and see, they are setting an example of this behavior. Hopefully, the senior leaders left with a sense that it was great they saw the app and the work environment and next time they have questions they just go and see. Then it starts to carryover to other projects. Slowly, the behavior starts to change because the benefits are seen.
Next time someone asks you for an update, take them to the work and show them. Help change the behavior.