You might be holding off starting a project because of concerns about the process or the business, or because of a struggle to get a sign-off from a key stakeholder, or for any number of other reasons.
The problem, of course, is that once the hurdles are cleared, the project often feels like it is already behind where you would like it to be. Too many projects are shortchanged because overly tight timelines force important early steps to be done in a badly compromised fashion.
The issue stems from how consulting projects are typically sold – with an all-in design that includes the “prep” as well as the “do.”
So what did we do? We separated the prep work into a phase of its own. A GRAPH Jumpstart™ might run seven work days, and when complete, the work product is put on hold - ready to go; whether “go” is in two days, two weeks or two months.
GRAPH Jumpstart™ activities include many of the key items in our Define and Organize steps of the GRAPH Blueprint™, by example:
- Scope development, client stakeholder and influencer review, iteration and refinement
- Sourcing strategy and sourcing of key contacts for investigative interviews
- Interview guide development
- Secondary research review
- Preliminary investigative interviews
- Development of key management questions
If you sense that you are likely to be exposed by not being properly prepared, we have a means to create leverage and gain advantage with a jumpstart.