An excellent and useful article. Thanks for mentioning “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen M. R. Covey. I internalized that book years ago and use its principles in my everyday work. Probably time for a reread.
A huge take away for me from that volume was the relationship of creating a high trust environment to the success of a project. To paraphrase Covey: In a high trust environment, things move faster and are less costly. In a low trust environment, things move much more slowly and become very, very expensive (think lots of formality, clarifying emails and excessive meetings). This is why building trust is a key focus when I’m working with a new team.
One more point: Constraints are a fact of life whether actual or perceived and they can serve as a limitation or an inspiration. Remembering the words of Igor Stravinsky: “The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.”