I read an article recently about the proposed notion of a California Calexit from the 50 states that make up our great country.
Although the notion of a California secession started as a humorous gag, recent political developments have caused more than a few people to consider this once oddball concept with various degrees of seriousness.
A group called Yes California is currently spearheading a campaign to strike a line from that state’s constitution that denotes it as “an inseparable part of the United States of America”, setting up a 2019 election asking the question “Should California become a free, sovereign and independent Country?”
As a person with a background in project management, I can put the politics aside and look at this development from a purely project-based viewpoint. And what I see is a classic problem of a solution that doesn’t address the problem it purports to fix.
When you fail to take into account the root causes of a problem you almost always set yourself down the path to a costly misadventure. In this case would removing a state from the union solve the reason for the move? The exit attempt is clearly motivated by recent events at the national level. But the notion that leaving would solve the reason for the discontent is unproven. Worse, it’s not even being examined.
The wish for a ‘silver bullet‘ solution always tantalizes those faced with a problem. Many seem to forget that the phrase ‘the devil is in the details’ is actually true. If something seems to be too good to be true, it usually is. Because details matter.
The idea that seceding is California’s silver bullet solution is just as absurd as similar notions in the business sector. Too often resources get squandered on solutions with no guarantee that it will solve the problem at hand.
It comes down to research, a firm understanding of the issue and developing solutions that address root problems. If a project, whether it be state succession or implementing a new IT infrastructure, fails to take into account the root causes to be fixed, then in all probability you’re going to end up with a hugely expensive mess.
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