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  • Selling GTD to your team

    I am just starting to get the hang of GTD and have seen huge benefits myself already after 6 months of work on it. I have a team meeting coming up and want to try to sell some of the benefits without feeling like I am preaching at them.

    Does anyone have experience of giving tasters to try and get people interested in it, that they could share with me. The format will be an offsite session where an open debate would be possible.

    Any advice welcomed
    Thanks

  • #2
    First a couple questions:

    . Are you a Team Lead who is responsible for implementing and investigating process?
    . Is this a presentation to peers and are you trying to sell them on your gold mine of a discovery?

    If the answer is 1, then just implement it and get everyone on board (this is what I did with my team, and we are loving it!)

    If the answer is 2, I'd put together a proposal pitch of sorts which evaluates your existing Task system and defines its Pros and Cons, and then show off GTD and its Pros and Cons.

    It's best to show by example how the GTD process could help in your typical day to day and Project Process. It usually takes a while for the light bulbs to go off in peoples heads when you are pitching a new process, because we've all cobbled together our own systems which work to an extent.

    I am sure others will pitch in with advice.

    So to reiterate:
    1. If you are a team lead, go forth and implement the process with your team.
    2. If it's for your peers, show them how you currently do things and how GTD can really improve things. I'd do a sample past project with GTD applied so it provides the necessary context for you and your team (it will be a great exercise for you at least to sharpen your skills even more)
    3. Hip individual team members to the process in advance. Nothing beats having alliances before a paradigm shifting presentation. ;^)


    Hope that helps.

    -policarpo | GTD2CYA
    http://www.policarpo.us
    Last edited by policarpo; 08-23-2010, 06:47 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sjr View Post
      I am just starting to get the hang of GTD and have seen huge benefits myself already after 6 months of work on it. I have a team meeting coming up and want to try to sell some of the benefits without feeling like I am preaching at them.

      Does anyone have experience of giving tasters to try and get people interested in it, that they could share with me. The format will be an offsite session where an open debate would be possible.

      Any advice welcomed
      Thanks

      Id be a bit careful really. Firstly make sure its needed and not just GTD evangelism, which many of us on this board can be subject to.

      But also don't forget that lots of people who don't use GTD are still great at their job. Telling people they need to improve their "time management" (as its invariably seen at first) implies they're doing something badly, which may not be the case. Not only that "time management" is a basic skill, and suggesting people need to improve the basics is doubly irritating.

      Of course GTD is more than time management and for some GTD may just give them that extra 5% that would take them to another level.

      I'm also mindful that if you push it to someone who doesn't wanna hear, then later in life when they're might be naturally interested, they're put off because of a negative association in the past.

      Personally I like David Allen's advice; use GTD yourself and make sure nothing ever gets forgotten. This means every member of your team has to make sure nothing gets forgotten from their end, which in turn means your team members want to find out how you make sure nothing gets forgotten, and when they come to you, you give them the book.

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      • #4
        Thats 2 differing but useful sets of advice. Will mull it over and let you know how it goes. Thanks

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