Check list lovers: Take your check list to the next level!
DianeMorneau 100000K1AJ Visits (7883)
Activities are great to help ensure we don't miss a step in a process. Who does not have a check list to guide them? For things you execute regularly on, they tend to be more useful for a backup when you are out or for when you have the opportunity to delegate! But for processes you rarely execute, like yearly, they're a savior to perfect execution!
If you think that activities are very static - think again. Combined with WIKIs, they can be dynamic. Here is an example. I was creating an activity to support career planning discussions. I needed the options to discuss for managers to grow over time - for instance, a pool of opportunities that grow over the course of the discussions thanks to each manager's discovery - while providing privacy. We could not plug all that stuff into an activity template on day one. None of the activities containers created get updated as the template changes.
The challenge was to find a way that updates make their way in each manager's private activities as new options were discovered. Combining the power of wikis with the power of activities delivered a solution that worked very well. The variable portions were set up as wiki pages that built over time. The activities entries and todos linked to key pages in the wiki where the variable information grew over time, either in that page or as child pages.Of course, the workflow was supported by activities.
We took activities to the next level - to the level of being dynamic!