Vol 5 . . . No 2 . . . October, 1995

Photograph ©1995 Tom Servais, All rights reserved.

Hide the plan

Plans are like dams in some respects. Rivers were meant to flow. When we try to superimpose control, we delude ourselves into thinking we can do better than nature. Then the salmon begin to disappear. "Oh!" we exclaim with shock and begin to install fish ladders and other such counter-measures.

Technology plans, unless they are written in the broadest of philosophical strokes (basic learning goals), can hardly chart our course into a future that no one has ever seen. The more specific and pointed they are, the less likely they will survive obsolescence.

One of the worst things that can happen is the adoption of a five inch thick, five year plan. Worse still would be blind adherence to the plan. Far better to view it as a sketch, a working plan which shifts as the organization tries new things and learns. Plans must be living, changing documents. Otherwise, it's best they remain hidden.

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