Working with an advisor can pay tremendous dividends, but often it requires a step back from the day-to-day to work the advisor into the project for the long-term benefits. A little preparation can go a long way. Usually, there is advisement not only to the project/program, but also in how to work with an advisor.

By advisement, I mean having an outside specialist observe, challenge and teach throughout the life cycle, from requirements through the early stages of production. The advisor could also fill gaps as required in producing deliverables for the project. Advisement is distinguished from other forms of consultancy such as requirements gathering or other early-stage steps in a project that focus resources on a specific delivery. Although it may begin with an assessment of the program, it is distinguished from assessment or other point-in-time engagements by its ongoing nature.

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