Planning for the last mile not the first
Jeff Utecht – The Thinking Stick
As I was running this blog post starting rolling around in my head (I write a lot of blog posts while running….I need to get better at actually writing them down). I made a common mistake. I planned for the beginning of the run not the end of the run. It’s the same thing I see happen with technology plans or with laptop/tablet roll out programs.
All to often I see school districts plan and overplan for the beginning of the roll out or the impact the new technology might have and less time on what happens next.
It is the problem we all face with technology plans. We make a plan based on the data we have, we prepare to implement the plan and even when things (like the weather) around us change we stick to the plan thinking we have to. Technology moves way to fast to “stick to the plan”. Technology plans need to be simple, lightweight, and easily changeable. Otherwise you find yourself half way through trying to peel off layers and keep the momentum going.