For the first time in a long time though, I’ve had a team member be my highest risk.
That team member is a superstar in their area; very engaged, responsive, fast-paced and has all the qualities you’d want in a star on your team.
However, he has one small problem, he doesn’t work within the team. He works outside of it, like ‘do their own thing’, because ‘the process takes too much time’. To make matters even worse, in the course of ‘doing their own things’, he is causing other team members re-work, and also exposing new risks that now need their own mitigation plans.
Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t give that person a primary role on the project. You’d have someone be the lead, and they would follow that person. Or, you’d have someone be their ‘wingman’, so you could have eyes on them. Unfortunately for me, neither was an option.
To mitigate the risk this person was introducing to my project, what do I need to do?