This is a continuation of a new blog series that I started a few week ago, which I’ll wrap-up over the next few weeks. As a brief refresher, my goal has been to write a blog on one habit per week, and so far, we are still on track to finish in another 3 weeks or so. As I’ve mentioned in the previous habits, the content for this series has been developed over many years and hundreds of client projects. In fact, in addition to applying the habits to all of our client projects, we often speak on these habits as part of a larger session we call “CPR”, where we discuss project rescue and how projects can avoid having to be rescued. The ultimate goal here is to present these habits in a short and succinct manner, so that you can have clear takeaways to immediately put into practice on your projects.
If you arrived here and have not yet read the first 3 blogs in this series, I would encourage you to start there. I have provided links below to the first three habits that that we have looked at so far.
Habit 1: Chart Your Journey
Habit 2: Stay The Course
Habit 3: Invest In The Unseen
So, without further ado, let’s jump in to the fourth habit.
Habit 4: Avoid The Silver Bullet Syndrome
I must admit, this fourth habit is an interesting one, and can be interpreted a few different ways. I could continue on with the road trip analogy that I used in the first three habits, but for this one, I’m going to cut right to the chase. In this blog, I’d like to share two ways in which focusing on technology can actually be a hindrance to your project, rather than a help. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology, in fact I would not be where I am today without technology, but it certainly wasn’t the only thing that helped me along the way.
In closing, I wanted to share a quick story from the education world, to show how technology can be a part of the solution, but is not the only solution. A few decades ago, when Microsoft PowerPoint began to be used in the classroom, teachers started to use the technology in very different ways. A few teachers learned the ins and outs of PowerPoint to integrate animations, pictures, and other games into their presentations, which as you can imagine greatly enriched the experience for students and kept their attention (i.e. helped them learn). In contrast, a few other teachers simply decided to type all of their lesson plans and notes into slides, hundreds of them, and then proceed to read verbatim from the screen. Want to guess what this did for students? You guessed it, students were bored and unengaged and as a result, grades went down. The moral of the story is this – technology is amazing, one of the best things we have, but it can never, and should never replace smart people, effective processes, and a clear vision for the goals the technology is to achieve.
I hope this fourth habit has been helpful and relevant. Again, the goal is to keep these short and sweet, so my desire is that you will be able to take away a few nuggets of wisdom and experience from this series. Stay tuned for habit five next week!
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