Planning Mon, Feb 01, 2016
Even with extremely smart people, a project can quickly become a total mess if there isn't an overarching plan. For this topic, I often use city structure as an example. Take a look at this high-level view of Dubai's streets:
Somewhere, a civil engineer is quietly weeping. No grid pattern, so sense of anything approaching a thought-out plan. It is said you can be a block away from your destination in Dubai but be unable to get there because of the street layout. Is this because the people who built the city were unskilled? Not really. It's because people slapped one idea after another on top of each other, without any consideration for a long-term structure. It can happen to anyone. Having big ideas is great, but don't allow those ideas to clash with each other because you don't have a plan.