Business Strategy Rules
The big challenge around Business Strategy Rules and Project Design is to plan just the right amount.
My first career was as an architect. Our role was to plan every single thing before any construction started. Whilst this worked for 50-storey skyscrapers, it’s unlikely to be the best way to design your project or create your business strategy.
It prompts the question: How much is the right amount of planning?
Ironically, planning too much can waste time, money and effort. And, planning too little can also waste time, money and effort.
Planning too much can also be a form of procrastination.
Also, what’s the best way to plan when we’re tackling something you haven’t done before? How do you even know what to plan for when you can’t predict what will work?
A Good Strategic Plan
Ideally, a good strategic plan should enable us to:
- Get started quickly
- Give direction without limiting our choices
- Learn what works through real feedback
The alternative to a big fat time-consuming plan is to create a series of project rules that define what to work on, when to work on them and how to make smart decisions along the way.
The key to Business Strategy Rules is to create rules as the means to defining your strategy. Rather than define every thing, simply define guidelines to use along the way.
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Ideas Architect Podcast
In Episode 97 of the Ideas Architect Podcast we have the fifth chapter and third of the seven rules from my book Project Passion.
Some of the things you will learn from this episode include:
- The Goldilocks Planning Trap
- How to Cook a Meal
- The Scariest Movie Scene Ever
- Triage and Business Strategy
- The Four Reasons Simple Rules Work
- The Steve Jobs Strategy Quadrant
- The Secret to Clarity
- Why Creatives Should Use Rules
- Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt on Wikipedia