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Tips for Faster Decision Making on Software Projects

When working on any sort of software project decisions have to be made. Often teams are dispersed across a wide area and it’s not always easy to get people together regularly, meaning decisions can take time to be reached, delaying project launches and stretching budgets. If that sounds familiar to you here are five tips for faster decision making on software projects that should give you a smoother, more efficient decision making process.

1. Identify and define the end goal

Often projects get off to a slow start because there are different ideas about what the result should be. By spending time identifying the problem or opportunity you’re facing you can ensure that everyone is working towards the same goal, meaning less chance of confusion further down the line.

2. Analyse the goal fully

Once you know what your end goal is you need to gather all the relevant information you need to find a solution. Look at the pros and cons of your current situation and what you need to do to move towards the goal. Work out who or what you need to know to help you achieve your goal, and what steps you need to take next.

3. Develop some options

Brainstorming is a great way to thrash out all the options open to you. Get everyone involved in the project together for a brainstorm session; if they are not based in the same location then you might want to use video conferencing or something like a SMART Board to collect and share your ideas. In fact with a SMART Board you can let everyone contribute to the session wherever they are and whatever device they are using. At this stage don’t throw out any ideas, no matter how simple or unusual.  Sometimes the strangest ideas are the winning ones.

4. Evaluate the choices

Draw up a list of all the ideas that came to light in the brainstorm session and run a feasibility test on each one. Ask questions about time, budget, skill and so on and draw up a short list of the ideas that look most likely to be practical and achievable and within your budget and resources.

5. Choose a solution and take action

Once you have a shortlist of two or three feasible solutions, choose one and take action on it. Break it down into smaller steps that can be delegated to the right people. Again, using a SMART Board is helpful because you can organise a meeting and invite remote participants, work on the delegation together and then record the notes to distribute to your team after the meeting so everyone knows what their role is.

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