I had goals to achieve something today. As I left home to achieve them, I realised my goals were vague. So, I choose to change them in the new light of information. I haven’t failed. I won by not achieving arbitrary useless goals!
We start all projects with a few assumptions and a high-level problem statement. As we proceed, our assumptions may vary, and our understanding of the problem statement may change. Therefore, our original project objective may no longer be relevant in the new light of information. With fresh insights, don’t feel shy about changing the project objective!
It is much better to change our goalpost and replan the project rather than be stuck with an arbitrary goal.
It may not be easy, but it is worth it!
When it makes sense, involve the right stakeholders to update the project objective, Business Case and get your team to replan the project.
Don’t beat yourself up thinking that you have changed your mind! On the contrary, you have improved the objective of the project and its Business Case!