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Some basic system engineering principles. First you have to know where you are. This is called "As Is." It's a lot harder than people typically imagine, but absolutely essential to actually have your "As Is" defined with all stakeholders and dependencies documented. 1/X
Frankly, in politics today, the "As Is" is next to impossible since politicians and media generally don't want to be honest about the current state of affairs, especially when it comes to stakeholders, but I digress. Let's move on to the easiest part. 2/X
Defining the end state or the "To Be" plan is generally the easiest step in the process by far. This is the land of wishes and dreams, initially unconstrained by cost, schedule, impracticality, and those infernal unintended consequences. 3/X
Mind you, it's still work to come up with something that is consistent, coherent and complete, but at this point the "To Be" plan is largely aspirational. That will change as the third and hardest step commences. 4/X
Almost everyone imagines that it is easy to come up with the "To Be" plan until you impose the requirements that it be consistent. And coherent. And complete. And again, don't expect a good "To Be" Plan from politicians or the media. But again, I digress. 5/X
The hardest thing to get right and the thing that will take about 80% of the planning effort is the "Transition" plan, or how do we get from "As Is" to "To Be" factoring in what has to be done, who has to do it, cost, schedule, logistics, legal, etc. 6/X
It is here where you begin to discover deficiencies and oversights in the "As Is" plan and update it accordingly. If you do not do this you are doomed to failure, or having to hide the bodies, or something. Process matters and this is part of the process. 7/X
And then the awful realities of cost, schedule, logistics, and upset stakeholders starts to set in and the "To Be" plan starts to get reined in to something that can be accomplished within the constraints you must heed. 8/X
Here is where the process most frequently breaks down as handwaving begins, and the search for scapegoats takes on a life of its own, whether it is for real or perceived failures. If you have leadership and commitment you fight these battles... and win. 9/X
Without leadership and commitment, it will fail. People are going to lie and sometimes just fail. The question is simply what are you going to do about it? See it through, or pretend something is done or OK when it clearly is not? 10/X
Anyway, if you respect the process, allow the feedback loops to work and focus on the goal rather than the blame you can get a "Transition" plan that will explain how you get from the "As Is" to the "To Be." And then the real work of implementation can begin. 11/X
Alright, last one. If you want to know why our politics is so screwed up, just look at how each of these steps is ignored or misused today. I'll leave that as an exercise for Twitter.

Have a great day.

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