The Science of Pushing Back
Posted by: Stephanie Plasencia
Pushing back is a key component of being a project manager.
It's definitely one of the harder skills that one must acquire in this industry. It's important to note to that no one likes confrontation! I think when an entrepreneur has an idea for an amazing product, it's only human nature to change your mind about certain components when you finally see it brought to life. However since the timeline and scope of the project were both established prior to the start-date it would be difficult to start adding tasks that weren't accounted for in the original scope.
Sometimes it could simply be an item that the client missed in the original discussion with the team or it could be a totally new feature that they realized would push the product over the edge! Usually when an instance like this occurs, it's always a good idea to set some time with your business executive to come up with a solution. There is always room for compromise, but if a feature is just too comprehensive to fit in the allotted time, pushing this component back to a later sprint is usually the answer. At the end of the day, our goal is exceed our clients expectations and give them an amazing product- even if we can't accommodate for this scope breached task.