I’m a fan of frontloading. It sounds like a computer scheduling term, like FIFO (first in, first out), or priority queueing, but it’s not. Frontloading is an effective way of tackling complex projects faster.
The short explanation? Do the big, complex stuff first.
Take the components you’re unsure about and make them your step 1. That gives you the chance to explore and figure out whether they’re truly as complicated as you anticipate. If not, great! Now you’re ahead of the game, and the rest of the project drops in complexity. If the frontloaded sections are indeed complicated (or even more complex than expected), then you can decide from the get-go how to proceed.
Say you’re building a digital product with a key component that relies heavily on the latest technology. Then it’s smart to start with that. If you postpone taking on the complicated part and begin with all the things that are known, what happens when your revolutionary idea doesn’t work? Then you’ve put in a lot of work for nothing.
Make the hard stuff step 1, and you know where you stand.
Making complex things simpler is not easy, but it’s so worth it. What’s your favorite strategy? I’d love to hear what works for you.
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