For the last two weeks I have rambled on about Tech Planning. I have thought about how to demystify the process. How to simplify it.
The key was a shift from Strategic Tech Planning to Tactical Tech Planning!
Wait, What? Why would you not want strategic tech planning? What is up with Tactical?
Well let's put it this way. If your car has a flat tire and needs a new starter, do you need a strategic plan to fix the car?
Well if your technology is in the early stages, it is like fixing your car. You have to get everything working correctly before you can think about the strategic parts. Doing an oil change, regular maintenance and thinking through upgrades is a bit silly when it has a flat and can't start.
Idealware let me have a sneak peek at the training and associated resources, I cannot easily explain how AWESOME they are! When you combine the video with the downloadable action plans and templates, you have everything you need to get started. But even better, they don't throw it all at you at once. They purposely take you through a series of steps that are easy to digest and complete.
You might be saying to yourself, Self, I think this guy is whack or is getting paid to talk about this, but you would be wrong. Well maybe not about the whack part. I am only talking about this training because I think it is a great tool! I have worked with Idealware on a volunteer basis in the past, but I just really appreciate what they do.
So anyway, If you work at a small to mid size nonprofit, I would suggest going to Idealware and check out their Tactical Tech Planning today! http://tacticaltech.idealware.org/
Also a huge shout out to the Pierce Family Foundation for their support of this project! Awesome to see a foundation that really understands the importance of solid technology, operations and administration to support a nonprofit to meet it's mission!