People planning with charts

Do This On Every Project, or Fail

Planning is the most crucial step

There is something that every project needs in order to be successful. Solid planning. Planning is the most crucial step. Whether you're building a new app, or a house, you have to have a plan. Unfortunately, this is the step that usually gets the least amount of attention. There's nothing more frustrating then having your team sitting around waiting on further instructions. It's a waste of money, time, and resources. Not to mention people get bored and unhappy when they don't accomplish goals, or have clear instructions.

I tried to think of a good reason why people constantly avoid this step. It comes down to 3 things: overeagerness, deadlines, and lack of foresight. People want results, and they want them NOW. No one has time for all this "planning" stuff. They have a whole team of investors and customers waiting on new products. Let's worry about 6 months from now, 6 months from now, or the "we'll cross that bridge when we get there" routine. I think a lot of people just don't understand the mess they can get themselves into, until it's too late. Plus, we live in a time when the rate of production is faster than ever. Which means your rival companies are all releasing new products faster and faster. It's a competitive world out there, so people cut corners to gain the edge.

Here's what I recommend doing to avoid this trap. Focus on quality over quantity. As a consumer would you rather have a solid working product with less features, or a products with tons of features but, it is so buggy you can hardly use it? Me personally, I'd rather have a solid first impression with my customers. Then create new features based on user input. It's much easier to incrementally change a current plan, than to completely turn the ship in a new direction every week.

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