A day at the office
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There comes a time in all of these projects, it seems, when everyone realizes “the party's over”. That day started for our sub-team today. Our task here in Da Nang is centered around helping the city improve their infrastructure and prepare for the expected rate of population growth. With this in mind, and knowing that we only have three weeks to put something together, we began in earnest to dig through the material we have gathered, start to make sense of it, and begin developing an approach which can be repeated by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development after we have completed our assignment.
Like every city, there are issues which can be addressed immediately. And like every city, all work needs to be considered with respect to the budget which the department must remain within. And what we are coming to see is that the food safety issues facing the city of Da Nang are very very similar to the food safety issues facing other cities of similar size around the world. The current processes and practices for food handling are different, but the goal and end result is the same – delivery of fresh food to consumers in an efficient and safe manner as well as educating both consumers and sellers on the proper handling and storage of food for their consumption.
This morning, we developed a set of themes to serve as a backdrop for the recommendations which we will be sharing with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development later next week. For each of the themes, we will be suggesting a set of recommendations, along with suggested plan or roadmap for how to get from where the city is now (As Is state) to where the city desires to get to (To Be state), over the next 5-10 years. This is a very common approach to high level strategy and planning – identify the current state, identify the desired state, and then put activities in place, on a schedule, to arrive at the desired state in the desired timeframe.
We met with members of the department for a third time this afternoon and presented this overall approach to them. They are very interested in what recommendations we are going to suggest, and also the timeline against which we think these recommendations can and should be implemented. We are close to having a strong base of understanding the current state. We will be discussing the desired state with the department early next week, and then spending much of next week formulating the recommendations and roadmap for implementation.
We are also hoping that the methodology which we use will be usable by the department to apply to other areas of food creation, delivery, preparation, and consumption after our engagement is complete.
No pictures today since the inside of hotel and company conference rooms look the same all over the world!