Circumstances Beyond Control

An example of an organization that had a good plan but had something go wrong because of circumstances beyond their control was Yahoo! 360o, Yahoo’s venture into social media. Originally launched on March 29, 2005 as an invitation only-service, Yahoo! 360o was launched to the general public on June 24, 2005.  At the time, Yahoo!…

Scenario Planning: A Case Study, Review, and Reflections

Case Study             A prime example of the failure of an industry by reliance only on traditional instead of scenario planning is the US Oil Industry, particularly leading up to the 1973 oil crisis. During the 1960s and early 1970s, the US economy was still in a period of relative growth and stability (Kemp, 2014)….

Infamous Innovations: The Atomic Bomb

On August 6th, 1945, the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9th, 1945, the second atomic bomb ever used in warfare was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. As a result of these actions, nearly 250,000 individuals were killed, and Japan surrendered WWII on September 2nd,…

Forecasting and Scenario Planning

Both traditional forecasting and scenario planning are prediction methods that use analysis techniques on present and past data and trends. Each technique requires consideration of risk and uncertainty in their predictions, and also rely on accurate and up to date information to make viable predictions. These methods are commonly used to estimate variables or conditions…

All Your Base Are Belong To Us: The Accidental Invention of the Internet

Many times, progress is not deliberate. Sometimes genius (and progress) arrives by chance, not choice. Many notable creations, including the microwave, artificial sweeteners, the slinky, Play-Doh, super glue, Teflon, synthetic plastic, the pacemaker, Velcro, and x-rays (Biddle, 2012), were all invented by chance, error, or accident.  However, one accidental invention many may not even consider…