Most of the time, the way we (humans) plan out an event is from the present moment going forward. We’re in the present, so why not start there? Or even more realistically, we don’t really plan at all and just assume that everything is going to happen as it should, without hiccups, and whatever we’re going to do will occur on time, on budget, and on the mark.
Too bad that’s not usually the case!
Why not try a different way? How about imagining the end, the successful end to your project, and then work backward from a specific Execution Date. Doing this creates clarity, understanding, and even urgency. Starting from a date in the future and filling in the gaps until the present day will show you holes in your plan, areas where you need to really focus, and the key people you need to involve early on to avoid stallouts and project bungling.
Let’s walk through a reverse-engineered digital conversion project, shall we?
Putting It All Together
Now that we’ve walked (see what we did there? “Walked,” like in our title. Clever, huh?) backward through the parts of a digital conversion project, we can put all the pieces together as a complete vision.
Let’s say it’s March 1st and your department is moving offices on December 31st, and you can’t take your records with you. Looks like you have a pretty well defined E-Day, right?! And for this scenario, we’ll assume you have 400 bankers boxes of personnel files.
Your super smart Account Executive (“AE”) sits down with you to plan out the general project timeline:
If you’ve already worked through your project timeline, or need some help, give us a call at 800.359.3456 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with us. We’ll review your project plan and help work out a solution together.
Reverse engineering your project is a smart way to plot and scheme, but there are other things about digital conversion you may want to know about:
“The BMI Project Review Process” details the steps we take to bring your project from idea to reality.
“Large Scale Microfilm Scanning” covers some points when it comes to larger projects: things to keep an eye out for, considerations, and obstacles.
“The BMI Microfilm Scanning Process” illustrates our 10-step process that we use to scan microfilm. If you decide to work with us for microfilm scanning, this is what your film will experience.