The e-pioneer avoids planning paralysis.
Thorough planning is required when establishing a computer facility at a school. Not only must the implementation of technology be planned – infrastructure preparation needs careful forethought too. And of course, you must plot a training programme for teachers. What about the unforeseen things that can bedevil your plans?
Great thinkers of the past give a helpful perspective on planning:
Albert Einstein said: “I never think of the future: it comes soon enough.”
Winston Churchill told an anecdote of an old man who lamented – on his death bed – the fact that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.
Does this imply that planning is not necessary? Not at all! The lesson is that the act of planning should not replace the act of doing. The tendency to work out every little detail before you move towards action must be avoided.
It is the task of the e-pioneer to encourage a balanced approach during technology adoption: whereas sufficient planning must be done to ensure orderly implementation, care must be taken that the process is not paralyzed by planning.
It is impossible to answer all the “what if” questions. Technology progresses at such a rapid rate that it is unworkable to plan for every eventuality. Rather than waiting till all questions are answered – and letting valuable time slip by – plan according to the facts known at present and get on with the job.
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