Sometimes You Just Need to Reboot

Have you ever been on a project where you feel like nothing is going your way? Where it seems like no matter how hard you try, it’s just so much harder than it needs to be? If you’ve been working on projects for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve felt this way at least once.

A few months ago I started a new job, and was immediately assigned to a very large project. Honestly, I’d been struggling with the approach but being the newbie, I was trying to balance bringing my expertise to the table and being open to a new way. But as we got into it…it just kept getting harder and harder. We were not on a path to success. We all knew it. The client finally admitted it, too.

And then…we decided to regroup.

We pulled the core team together for a 2-day, in-person intensive working session. We went in with open minds, and the goal of unifying around a common goal. We came away with a new-found understanding of each other. We got on the same page. We unified as a team.

I’m not going to pretend that it’s perfect now (no project ever is), but what we collectively realized is that we were struggling in the direction we were headed. We needed an opportunity to sit back and re-strategize. We were two months in to the project….but this is a multi-year, transitional effort for my client’s organization. Rebooting the project now would save us countless struggles over the next few years.

It’s sort of like working with a computer with maxed out memory…churning, struggling, on the edge of the blue screen of death. But if you save your work and reboot, sometimes that clears up the excess baggage and allows you to focus on the task at hand.

I also realized that I needed a reboot for this blog. A year ago at this time I was planning and preparing for the launch. I had ambitious goals I wanted to achieve, and I still have ambitious goals. But I also need to realize that my circumstances have changed. I’ve taken an exciting new job that challenges me in new ways…and consumes my time differently than my previous job. I haven’t had made the time to write as frequently. I haven’t made much progress on the book I outlined nearly 8 months ago. I haven’t been as active in the online communities I so thoroughly enjoy being a part of.

And I have to give myself a break.

I am still ever-focused on sharing the life of a Real World BA®. So rather than fail at trying to write everything in my head at once, I realize it’s a great opportunity for me to share my journey in starting a new job, a new project, and everything that a BA encounters in their real world job.

I’m going to try to write more frequently…and maybe shorter posts…sharing the daily struggles and triumphs that I am experiencing on the front lines. Doing the work I love to do.

I’ll also start posting more regularly on my Facebook page – trying for tidbits a couple times a week of things I’m working on. I hope this helps the newer business analyst start to get an idea of what it’s really like day-in, day-out. And to get your feedback and suggestions as I struggle with many of the sames things that you might be struggling with.

But I have to admit, I’m terrible at keeping up on Twitter. I want to. I really do. But I’m probably not going to do a very good job of that – at least for now.

So I hope you’ll accept the reboot of Real World BA for what it is – a chance to start fresh, try something new, and see if this new approach works for all of us.

Are you in need of a reboot? On your project, in your career, or life in general? What would it take for you to stop, reassess, and start again?

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2 Responses to Sometimes You Just Need to Reboot
  1. Olga
    August 25, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    Jeez, your thoughts on a reboot resonant very strongly with me. I’m at a point in my career and life where I feel I’m getting bored and a bit stagnant. I’m not sure yet what I need to do to reasses and restart, though, that’s a tough one. Maybe 2 weeks touring the Greek isles would do it…?

    • Real World BA
      August 26, 2011 | 8:18 am

      That trip to the Greek isles sounds great, Olga!

      About this time last year I was feeling the same way about my job, and it took a while for me to figure out the right way to shake myself from the stagnation and decide on the right path to move forward. Recognizing you’re at that point is the first step – now just keep your options open. :-)

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