How Do We Shift Our Focus?
Once you’ve decided on your new focus or goal, you will need to reevaluate your planned projects. Deciding which projects should go on as planned, which ones should be shelved and which new projects you should add will be crucial. Don’t be afraid to let a project go if it isn’t aligned to your new goal. Projects don’t need to be cancelled permanently, but projects that aren’t aligned need to be put on hold for now.
In addition to reevaluating projects, they will need to be reprioritized too. Prioritizing projects is always an arduous task even in the best of times so you will need to pay special attention. There are many ways to prioritize projects, but a good place to start is by keeping it simple. Ask yourself, “Which projects are most aligned to our new focus?” and tackle the ones that are most aligned first. You can also consider quick wins vs. long-term benefits, other project dependencies and project costs among other things. If you want some great ideas about how to focus on the right projects, check out our blog post about prioritization.