The Seven Deadly Sins of
An extract from my new book -
Kick-Ass Project Management by Kevin McAleer
The Seven Deadly Sins of Approval
Projects require approval at various points along the way
to ensure people agree and commit to decisions.
Its therefore really important that approval is defined and
agreed before it is asked for.
APPROVAL MUST BE BY ACTIVE
Approval cannot be:
By time out
By silence or lack of reply
By word of mouth only
Without evidence of agreement
Approval cannot be by proxy
Because the delegated person
may not hold the same view as
the actual approver
Approval cannot be by default
Because this may be a straight
Approval cannot be by time out
The approver may be on leave,
sick or otherwise unavailable –
they may still have a valid view on
the thing being approved.
Approval cannot be by silence or lack of
How do you know they actually
approve if they haven't responded.
Maybe they emailed reasons to
reject the approval and you haven't
received it yet.
Approval cannot be by In absentia
They may not have been able to
make the approval meeting, but
have a very good reason to object
to the approval that you do not
Approval cannot be by word of mouth
People often forget what they
Approval cannot be without evidence of
You got that in writing, right?
Approval is by positive, present
agreement between the parties
It is also recorded and stored in a
location where people can find it
and refer to it.
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