Have you ever thought how you work out how to launch a rocket and land on the moon?
It’s a big question. There are some really clever people at places like NASA that know how to do this.
I was posed this question many years ago by an Economics’s professor and the whole class was stumped. But when he explained and showed how it was an analogy for planning, it all made sense and it’s a technique I use to this day (and just for the record, I have no recollection as what the rest of the tutorial was about)
Now if you work for NASA and this isn’t how you do things, let me know, but for the rest of you here we go.
The first thing you need to know if you want to land on the moon is how fast you need to be going to land safely when you are a metre above the surface. Then you need to ask, if we’re going that fast at a metre before the surface then how fast can we be going at 10m above the surface so we can decelerate in time to be at that safe speed at a metre.
Yes, you need to look at the end point of any project and work backwards. All projects have dependencies and if you fail to work out what needs to be done before another stage can be completed then you are going to waste a lot of time.
I use this approach when working with new clients to help them build or revamp their websites. I don’t just ask what they want to do today, but also what they think they might want further down the line. In that way I can make sure things are set up from the start so addition features and functionality can be bolted on neatly, rather than having to cobble things together or start from scratch. And that’s just one of the reasons my clients tell me that they love working with me – I’m one step ahead and my answer is “Sure we can do that and it won’t cost the earth!”
Like I always says, everyone needs an IT Fairy and this one can land you on the moon!