Technology is great. We are all going to be replaced by it someday. But right now there is a very human element to it all. When people are involved, you need other perspectives.
Speaking during the AICPA nonprofit conference last year Doug Barker and David Price of consulting firm Barker & Scott in Washington, D.C., urged that it never hurts to get a second opinion. There are three big reasons for the additional look. They are:
- The day-to-day project team will work endless hours to make the project successful. This can cause them to lose perspective.
- Every significant project should have a steering committee that contains members willing to productively question the status of a project and provide feedback to project leadership.
- Consider asking a 3rd party to evaluate big projects on a monthly basis. Make them accountable to the steering committee.