Define the Scope (WHY)
Develop an Initial Work Breakdown Structure (WHAT)
Develop Contingency Plans (RISK)
Redevelop the Plan(s) with the Addition of Resource Constraints (WHEN, WHO, HOW MUCH)
Iterate through the steps and questions, listing the results on post-its that can be assembled like a Gantt chart on the wall. Additional thoughts and ideas can be posted in a “Parking Lot.” Ensure that all assumptions and follow-on questions/unknowns are also listed.
Photograph the final Plan/WBS and the associated issues and then transcribe them for distribution, review, comment and execution.
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Duncan Jones, Hexagon Innovating (2015) is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.
In today's Business section of the Globe and Mail, there is a graph of unit camera sales over time. It is a great illustration of Clayton Christensen's concept of disruptive innovation. Disruptive innovation has two qualities: It involves the introduction of a product, service or business model that provides a significant increase in value as perceived by the customer (i.e. what they get for what they pay), and it appeals primarily to unserved and underserved customers. Being aware and responding appropriately to the threats of disruptive innovations, especially in this information/internet age is critical to your business survival and ongoing growth.
The graph in the Globe was adapted from an article by Michael Zhang. It shows the exponential growth of cameras that started in 1999 as a result of the availability of digital technology (despite the fact that digital cameras were invented 24 years earlier by Kodak but that's another story). By 2003 digital cameras were outselling film cameras. I remember a time when every family had PHD (push here dummy) pocket digital cameras. Parents, kids and travellers were the initial unserved customers. You didn't need a $500+ camera and understand the f-stop/depth of field trade-off. You also didn't have to worry about how many pictures you took as photography no longer involved the cost/picture model of film.