Plan your work and work your plan

Oct 2010
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Plan your work and work your plan

Posted by Scott Lakso
 

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Plan your work and work your plan.  If you want to be efficient and successful, this is a good motto for all your activities, but it is particularly important when it comes to data protection planning. 

Documenting a good plan is paramount to achieving positive results, but in order to achieve positive results, you must first understand what the actual results are that you wish to achieve.

A few years ago, I remember helping my son build a homecoming float for a High School parade.  I was there because adult supervision was required by the school.  The students quickly let me know that they were in charge of building the float and my opinions and suggestions were neither required nor desired. 

They had a fairly well documented plan to build a grandiose float with their schools Mascot dropping the hammer on an opponent’s Mascot.   They documented their plan to build this moving Mascot and actually executed the plan fairly well.  They finished the float early the day before the parade.  Their float really was awesome and they were sure to win the prize for best float.

WRONG.  The day of the homecoming parade arrived and the students went to get their float and bring it to the parade, only it was too big to fit through the garage door.  They had to tear it apart and duct tape it back together at the last minute just to get it into the parade.  Of course it was not nearly as awesome looking as the original construction, and they did not win the prize for best float.

So if you are going to plan your work and work your plan, make sure you know what your objectives are.  In this case, the students planned to build the most awesome float they could imagine, which they successfully accomplished.  Unfortunately, the real objective they should have planned for was to have the most awesome float in the parade.

Plan for data protection

In the case of data protection, it is very easy to concentrate on the ways to protect your data, when in reality, the focus of your planning should start with “How do I access or retrieve my data in the event of hardware error, user error, a virus, a natural disaster or some other unforeseen event?”  

When you start planning for data protection, you should start by planning what data you need to be able to access, how quickly you need to have access, and what unplanned events you are trying to protect your data against. 

Once you have identified the events you want to be protected from, then you can plan for the best ways to protect against those events.

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