Talking planning with Peter Morville
Recently I sat down with Peter Morville to have a fascinating conversation about planning for his new book. Peter is a very accomplished information architect and author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Intertwingled, Search Patterns, and Ambient Findability.
I’m not a born planner, I’m not the kid who color coded their schedule in elementary school. I was diagnosed with ADD when I was seven years old and had a hard time in school. It wasn’t because I didn’t understand but because I had trouble getting my work done and turned in.
Luckily my school system had a robust learning disabilities program and my parents were effective in getting me the help I needed. I was able to learn how to structure tasks and my thinking so I could complete my work. Structuring tasks and activities makes it possible for me to get things done and I love getting things done.
Planning is about how I prepare my mind, understand the levers i have to pull, understand the dependencies and the people and the plan is just and output that I can throw away and replace with a new one like a sketch.
Peter and I talked about when to plan, how to avoid wasteful planning, how to break things down and resolve conflict by considering different options.
Image: An abstract view of the Centre Pompidou in Paris