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How to Help Project Stakeholders Avoid the Aspirin

  • Adrian Reed 
  • 2 min read
Aspirin tablets

I’m pleased to say that one of my recent blog articles has been published on “”, where I have contributed as a guest author. I’d love to hear what you think, so please take a look and add a comment on the site.



“Kent McDonald recently wrote an excellent article encouraging project teams to “Get Out of the Building and Know Your Stakeholders’ Problems”. This article really resonated with me, as it quite rightly recommends spending time with project stakeholders to understand their perspective or worldview and also to understand the precise problem that the project will help them to solve.


Aspirin tabletsThe challenge is that there’s often a focus purely on the important and urgent initiatives and projects—meaning that less urgent projects get side-lined until they become urgent, by which time it might be too late to implement a best-in-class solution. In a worst-case scenario, this could lead to an organizations’ IT estate and application architecture evolving into an unmanageable onion, with layer-upon-layer of tactical solutions (comprising of the technical equivalent of sticky-tape and string).


We can help avoid these scenarios by asking the question, “Are we taking an aspirin here?”


Click on the link below to read the rest of the article. Enjoy!

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