I often encounter problems that appear to be something that should have already been solved. It happened again this week when looking for a solution for managing supplies at our mobile campuses. I needed a specific functionality, but wasn’t prepared to pay for a corporate sized system. I wanted a smartphone solution that was free to my volunteers.
STEP 1 I always start with a goggle search. Found Capterra, a company that tracks different types of software solutions. I got a headache looking through all the options.
STEP 2 Then, I looked at free apps in App Store. After looking at many options, I finally found one that came close.
Here is the key thought I would like to make. Once you find something that appears to meet your need, you have to shift from what it “should” do and study what it “does”. You have to forget your wants and needs and learn how the potential system actually works.
STEP 3 The final step is to see if you can bridge the gap from what you think “might” work to see if it “will” work. I downloaded the free demo’s and went to work trying to implement what I wanted. This is when we re-focus on our wants and look for ways to implement our objective in the new system.
So far, I have repeated that process about two dozen times and invested about 40 hours of research. Every time I find a system I like, I discover that its price tag is outside my reach. So, I return to Step 1 and start over.
(Hmmmm – maybe I should have included price in my initial research)
Remember – nothing will fit perfectly. You just have to get close enough that you can shift out of research mode and move into implementation mode.
Thanks for listening.