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Planning a Project Isn't That Different From Writing a Book

Austin Font

Struggles from the Start

Have you ever tried to write a book, short story, or article?

If so, you’ll know how difficult it can be to figure out where to start.

You may have the best idea in the world, but then you get stuck on where to start writing.

And once you do start, it can be hard to stay focused and make sure you’re moving forward in a logical way.

A Writers Approach

There are many tools for overcoming this challenge, but one of my favorites is called “The Snowflake Method”.

The Snowflake Method was developed by Randy Ingermanson (aka "The Snowflake Guy") as a way for authors to build their stories starting with the end. By focusing on what the reader needs first, authors can create a much more engaging experience for their readers.

The authoring of a book and the design of a project may seem like they have nothing in common, but in fact, they are very similar; both require you to know where you're going. In fact, I’d even say they are the same thing.

You see, both authors and project managers are trying to get from point A to point B. They both want to create something that is more than the sum of its parts and has a greater impact on the world around them.

Anchoring to an End

So how do you do that? Well, if you start at point A, you can’t possibly know what it will look like when you get there. The problem is that most people don’t know where they want to end up; they just know they want to get somewhere better than where they currently are.

That’s why so many projects go over budget, under-deliver on expectations, and burn out the team before reaching their final destination. But what if we started from the end instead? What if we could design our projects by knowing exactly what we wanted them to look like when done? That would allow us to make smarter decisions about how we were going to get there and how long it would take us!

Twigflo is built on this concept of beginning with the end in mind. It is the best tool for your team to not only determine the desired outcome but to also build the most frictionless and accurate approach to getting there.

Start for free at Twigflo.com!