It creates direction, charts a course, provides a path from information to value stream. All this is true and for the sake of simplicity let’s refer to it as a plan.
What is a plan? I refer to it as a consciousness shared amongst a group, individuals or society with a destination in mind.
We’ve all read the Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google startup journeys and are in awe at the sublime thought process that went into their creation eventually becoming what they are today. What were their initial plans like? How did they get their idea into a plan?
Tip: Breakdown the idea into smaller bits. Create a story board.
Take the idea and write without stopping. Write down what you think you will need before, during, after for success. Write down what you’re afraid will happen. Write down who you think you will need. Write down how you think you will accomplish the idea. Write down when you want to do it, why you think you need to do it.
Write it down!
Writing things down is essential to story telling. In my experience, the failure to write things down in its raw format is a red flag. It’s the first sign that you’re stuck in the loop of perfectionism. There is no such thing. Write it down. Review. Revise. Pause, then do it all over again.
No magic pills or shortcuts. It’s hard work – How bad do you want it.
Tip: Don’t let the deluge of information overwhelm you. Group, Sort, Categorize.
To quote William Gibson “Time moves in one direction, memory in another”.
Categorize activities into three distinct areas; Beginning, Middle, End.
Grouping and sorting are important however just as important is to categorize. Take what you’ve written down and sort into the 3 categories mentioned above.
This allows you to apply a time frame to your story and allows the concept of memory application to your story by going back in time to add or remove details.
Tip: Prep for Execution. Exercise Acuity.
The last step in the road-mapping process is the hardest.
“To exercise acuity in planning, we must speak out loud with bold humility” Me!
“Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud” Herman Hesse
Discuss, discuss, discuss. This is by far the most important phase of planning. You’ll be able to further revise, review and categorize to determine what’s needed as preparation for execution.
Next up: Execution