Posted on Fri 27 September 2019

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So that didn’t happen..

The road to ruin, as they say is littered with poor planning and good intentions.1

The Drucker book I ordered never came which was a frustration in an of itself. Worse, by the time I realized the book wasn’t coming, I was knee-deep in finalizing a different project for a client. So it was that my poor little site sat here advertising a story that never came.

I am so rusty in terms of direct engagement. I have become accustomed to writing and just accepting that projects slip without actively working to manage those expectations because everyone I am working with also understands that these delays occur. Projects do, indeed, slip. It may not possible to plan for that slippage (if you could then there wouldn’t be slippage), but those delays should be anticipated. That is why it is important to not preview a project until there is enough content to at least keep momentum when those delays occur.2 I think this is one of the major reasons Patreon and Kickstarter initiatives succeed or fail. Successful projects anticipate delays and slippages and have contingency plans and communication strategies in place to keep the backers and the community engaged and aware until things can get back on tack. The ones that fail are the ones that have no real plan to deal with those setbacks, who have no communication strategy to connect with their backers, and who eventually just fade away while their backers fume.3

With that in mind, when Drucker’s book comes, I will begin that piece.

Until, then, I will learn from my mistake and move on to other things.

  1. Or something similar. It is also true that “they” are never fully identified, but I am assuming that “they” are either victims of or possessors of the aforementioned good intentions&em;the damned. I do appreciate Wikipedia’s inclusion of Vigil’s “The descent to hell is easy” which I tend to feel is far more appropriate for most things in life. 

  2. Which is exactly what I did in this case!! 

  3. Of course, this is based on the assumption that the project creators are actually interested in completing their project and not actively bilking as many people as they can. Every funding site has its share of hucksters and con-artists, but that is a different problem. 

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Author: Geoff Gimse

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