I came across a great article on the peanut butter approach to resource allocation. Here’s how it works.
- Start with way too many programs to be properly staffed or funded with current resources.
- Experience extreme reluctance to axe any of these programs (because they are all such good ideas).
- To keep everybody happy, spread a thin layer of available resources across everything, so everyone gets a share.
Everything is staffed lightly, so nothing dies. However, nothing really takes off either, because no single program is staffed for success. At the end of the day you have a swarm of zombie projects that collectively spell failure.
My take: keep the peanut butter in the pantry. Step up and make the hard choices. Figure out what’s important and axe what’s not important. Not doing it is an invitation to a spectacular flop.