Friday, 7 May 2010

David Heinemeier Hansson: Planning Can Be Harmful

David Heinemeier Hansson is a partner at Chicago software house 37signals. He’s the co-author of a great book ‘Rework’ which I have mentioned before on this blog because it really resonates with the whole Unplan ethos.

Here’s a great little video (2 mins) called ‘Planning Is Guessing’ taken from David’s presentation at Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Lecture Series in January this year. David's take on business planning is that a start-up doesn't even know if it will be doing business in five years, let alone five months. A new business in a new industry has no clue what it will need long-term. In fact, he adds, most decisions for a start-up are incredibly temporary. His own experience at 37signals is that although they’ve been around for ten years, they only worry about ‘the next two weeks’ or if things are really crazy ‘two months’. They don’t worry about what next year might look like as it has very little impact on what it will actually look like.

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