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Why PLAIN Strategies?

I started PLAIN Strategies in January of 2018 because I saw a need.

I had been consulting around technology for nonprofits, foundations and government at Forum One, a full-service digital agency for over 12 years. Many times I saw clients starting with a technology, without asking why they needed it. This is putting the cart before the horse.

So I asked myself, what is the minimum amount of time and effort one needs to put in to make a reasonably sound decision around technology? I reasoned this to be 12 hours. Why 12? This is long enough to establish the following minimum understanding:

  • Mission and vision of the organization
  • Goals for the project
  • Audiences the project aims to serve
  • Resources and constraints
  • Must-have and nice-to-have features

Once you have a good sense of the items above, then and only then can you start looking at technology options.

12 hours can be 12 cups of coffee, 6 whiteboarding sessions, 3 workshops, or some focused research. I like drinking coffee and sketching ideas on a whiteboard.

I chose PLAIN because I like plain language, plain simple and plain yogurt. Things should not be needlessly complicated.