Nayism 28: So much analysis, so little time. The project needs to get moving – I need a fix now.

Ah yes, the analysis paralysis phase of projects can haunt even the best of black belts. Is there ever a time to throw in the belt and call it “enough?” Here’s what I say . . .

The dreaded sea of unending data is quite a site but drowning can be avoided.

First, always check your scope and objective. Is it too large (i.e., boil the ocean)? Are there too many inputs or are the inputs at too high a level? If so, working through a refined C&E matrix or QFD may help you develop a more focused data analysis plan.

Second, stay focused on your objective. It’s easy to get side-tracked by stray defects. If the defects are not directly related to your specific objective, save them for another day.

Third, and most important, use the collective knowledge of your team to help keep you on the right path. As experts in their field, they can more easily recognize correlation versus causation and keep you focused on the important stuff. Ask them to help you find the exit door to this unending analysis loop.

Remember, your team may be the driving force to success. “Use the force . . .Luke!”

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