When undertaking any endeavour, the planning stage is of paramount importance to your success. Just take these examples of planning failures to show you what can happen if you fail to plan properly.
Space is 76 miles away, or 122.31km, depending on where you were born. If you’re old school and prefer the Imperial method, then it is the former, if you’ve gone Metric, then it is the latter. I say it depends on where you were born because more often than not where you were raised dictates which method you subscribe to. Usually in the 21st century it is the Americans that still deal in Imperial measurements and the Europeans that love the Metric system.
So, what happens when you want to undertake a collaborative project across nations? A global coming-together of the world’s best and brightest to overcome problems and achieve goals that are just too big for any one country to achieve?
You both use your own measurements and mess it up royally by getting it all mismatched. Then later try and figure out (after you’ve both done most of the work) how to put your two halves together at the end. That is if you work for the respective space agencies of the USA or the Russian Federation. Towards the end of the 20th Century when both nations were collaborating on space stations and space exploration, problems (allegedly) arose due to the different measurement systems used by each nation. My advice? If you’re working on something as accuracy-critical as spacecraft design then pick ONE methodology and stick to it. Just sayin’.
My next example of stunningly bad planning is that of Tesco’s attempt to break into the Asian supermarket-market a couple of years ago.
Attempting to open an existing business in a new market is tough at the best of times. When trying to enter a new global market in an industry as competitive as that of supermarkets- the challenges are multiplied. So you’d think that a company attempting such a costly and bold challenge would make sure they knew exactly what they were doing and plan extensively.
Well, that’s what you’d think right? Whether Tesco were over-confident or drunk is up for debate when they stocked their new overseas stores with clothing that wouldn’t fit a large majority of the target consumer’s bodies. That’s right, Tesco stocked these stores with western clothing in sizes medium and large, which were too large for the people to wear. Maybe they just expected people to grow into the newly-available threads, or perhaps they were aiming for the Asian big and tall market? More than likely though is that their plan was hastily written on a paper napkin that then got used to clean up spilt coffee; after which they then tried to guess what the plan was from the crumpled up remains.
If you’re looking to create a decent business plan then do it properly and hire a professional. Business plan writers such as www.planwriter.co.uk know their stuff. Don’t be a Tesco.