- Somebody asks the library service to do something. (Obviously, if somebody within the library service suggests that we need to do something then no further action is necessary.)
- Policy Team members blather about it awhile in an inconsequential manner until one of them blinks. They are deemed to be Taking The Lead On The Project.
- The piece of work is mentioned to somebody in passing
- at the end of a long meeting about something else entirely that's got an action list a yard long; or
- by the photocopier; or
- by the door to the toilets.
- Some days, or weeks, later the same piece of work is mentioned in passing, in similar circumstances, to somebody else. A Project Team Has Been Set Up.
- A chance conversation between the two people reveals:
- they are supposed to be delivering a piece of work;
- they are supposed to be delivering the same piece of work;
- By pooling their resources and making a long sequence of educated guesses they find out that they have about 85% of the information required to try and make any progress.
The Project Has Been Resourced.
- Any attempt to make up the remaining 15% will be blanked because it requires a member of Policy Team to:
- make a decision;
- remember what the decision was; and
- be prepared to be accountable for it.
"We'll be needing staff to take a lot more responsibility in the days ahead."