The beginning is the most important part of any work – Or so said Plato 2300 years ago. There are two points here.
You have to know what it takes to form a secure foundation. And take the time, invest the time, to do that. He was writing about rearing the tenderhearted youth, but the lesson is universally applicable to development in any maturation process. Those of you who understand chaos theory realize it’s not chaotic, but the repetition of unseen patterns. Patterns laid down in the fabric of the thing maturing. When we don’t take the time to understand what the right patterns are, and/or put in the effort to lay down the warp yarn correctly, and thread the woof yarn tightly, the fabric we create is unreliable. We don’t know how it will hold up under the strenuous wear and tear of the purpose which we intend to use it. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on the loom or yarn; the pattern won’t produce a product that performs the way you need it to. The pattern is the method by which you turn the raw materials into product. The patterns are your corporate differentiators. The standards by which you act, and the qualities by which you are known.
Quality, in the 6Sigma, LEAN manufacturing, ISO9001, etc. sense, is about patterns. More importantly it’s about value. Figuring out how to repeatedly deliver what the customer wants with no inspection needed, no rework, and nothing the customer pays for which has less value than cost, and packaged in a way that can be used without the wasted expense of reformatting. Quality task forces tend to get wrapped up in perfection, but quality and perfection are two different words on purpose. Sometimes, I think this misunderstood notion of “Quality” is the biggest inhibitor to achieving it.
So, understanding which are the right patterns, and instilling them in the corporate ethos, is the key to creating value. Probably a self-evident truth.
The other truth embedded in Plato’s statement, and I’m not implying he was asserting it, is that to begin is essential to making progress. It doesn’t matter what direction the ball would roll given the inclination, if it’s not rolling. And it’s easier to increase the actual progress toward the goal in the direction of motion once it’s moving. The vectoring engines on the tug boat are an order of magnitude smaller than the propulsion but can have more impact on where the boat ends up.
At TexhomaLand we understand the warp and woof of land management. Our output product is exactly what an E&P operator needs. The best product produced in a cost-effective way, delivered in format and package designed to map exactly to your patterns. When you’ve decided you’re going to take advantage of this once in a generation market opportunity we’ll help you by supplying your value chain with materiel that enables your processes without any wasted costs.