Vision Series Part 4 – What is the Priority?
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By Stan Washington
Imagine watching the last episode of your favorite show and just as the big reveal happens a fire breaks out in your kitchen. Do you continue watching the episode? Do you attempt to extinguish the fire? Do you rescue your child sitting in the next room? Should you do all at once or is there a priority? Business is similar to this scenario. Let’s face it, there is a lot to do when setting up or operating a business. The better you can become at prioritizing the work, the easier it will be to get things done. [b]Develop a Wish List[/b] Each stage of the framework/methodology will have a list I will refer to as a wish list. At the vision stage, this wish list is for bigger and broader ideas as compared to the latter stages where detail is required. Everything the business is and does should be listed on the wish list. The broadest part of the vision is known as the Epic or main story to your businesses saga. I discussed this in exercise 1 – Defining the Vision. While businesses can have multiple epics, micro businesses should focus on one epic at a time, fighting the temptation of taking on too much at once. The wish list should contain relevant information to list how the features of business will behave. This list is derived from your expertise mixed with discussions with the target audience GOD has given you. The target audience was discussed in exercise 2 - Define the Target Audience. [b]What should be worked on first? [/b] Talk to the audience GOD wants you to serve. Try to identify the smallest need that can be fulfilled in the shortest amount of time. This is called the “Weighted Shortest Job First” or WSJF. The WSJF can also be used to prioritize the work not seen by your customers. By completing smaller tasks [color=#0074d9]that have value[/color] first, it will be easier to break apart the more complex tasks because the smaller tasks enable the GOD-centered business owner to get into a rhythm of consistent delivery. [b]Value to GOD and the Business[/b] Business value is different for the GOD-Centered business owner. Her main concern is to build a relationship with customers in hopes that one day they may know JESUS as their Savior. Ask yourself, “What is the most valuable thing GOD wants me to work on first?” It could be a simple message of encouragement for some and for others it could be how to accept JESUS as Savior. GOD will provide the correct words in both instances. GOD should be prioritized first, then think of the business features second. [b]Start the work[/b] Prioritizing the business can become a larger task than necessary. Since there is a lot of work to do, start on the wish list items as best as you can. You will soon realize if the item was too large or small. This may cause you to rethink the business feature, breaking it apart into a smaller piece. Starting is often the biggest obstacle. Next I will discuss another vital leadership style.