ellohay! West Michigan

Potential Problems

Posted in discovery stages, planning, potential problems, support by forgr on March 5, 2008

Some potential problems with our program’s assets:

Computer breaks
Computer is lost, stolen or sold
Can’t volunteer or contribute for various reasons
Abuse or inappropriate behavior
Software/OS problems
Power cables non functional, lost, stolen, sold
Damage to machine
Lost data

So what can we do? What do we need to do?:

Offer support
Have basic insurance available to purchase?
Require police report
Require signing of appropriate usage agreement
Get a lawyer or two
Use open source OS and software
Make accessories a la carte (?)
Impress upon clients the importance of the tool, make the program theirs
Make sure that clients know the possibility of lost data

What else Devil’s Advocates? Bring it on.

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  1. smcmaster1995 said, on March 6, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    A (potential) problem which crossed my mind as I was reading the literacy post is this: mission drift. Specifically, tailoring the program in an effort to get grants. Which is not to say that the program shouldn’t be tweaked to make it more appealing to grantors. Rather, a good way for an organization to fail is to see every RFP as a way to increase revenues and wind up loosing track of the core mission by adding more or less related activities in response to more or less related problems. I’ve been a principal in an organization which lost its focus… it hurts.

  2. forgr said, on March 8, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    That’s a great point. I’ve seen organizations drift for foundation money, it’s enough to split a place in two. All I can say now is, let’s keep in focus.

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