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Plan of Execution

The Steps the Organization Needs to Accomplish Prior to Computer Delivery

Because of the “sight unseen” nature of this project and the small number of computers (six plus two servers – one primary and one backup) in the first phase of the installation, the National Library does not need to accomplish any steps to prepare for our delivery.  All decisions about specific locations of the server and workstations, problems arising from unknown sources, etc. will be made on-the-fly.

The Steps the Project Team Needs to Accomplish Prior to Computer Delivery

Team ST/P will accomplish the following steps prior to delivery:

1.  Hardware:  Inventory six workstations, two servers, eight monitors, eight mice, eight keyboards, and a 7-port switch.

2.  Software:  Install Linux on the two servers; Win2000 on six workstations; find and install Portuguese language versions of open source software such as Firefox, Open Office, etc.  See other wiki pages for inventory of final software.

3.  Meet with CU-Win to gain insight into wireless network setup.

Potential Risks That Might Hinder Fully Accomplishing the Plan

1.  Delays on the University’s part regarding funding for the trip.

2.  The greatest efforts will be made to plan for contingencies.  However, unexpected problems could arise once in Sao Tome.

3.  Cultural blinders.  Our team must constantly examine the way we are conducting ourselves as we install the network.  American culture values a take-charge attitude, full of initiative and motivation.  Unfortunately, these same characteristics can be viewed very negatively in some cultures.  We need to make sure that the right people are included in the spontaneous planning that will occur once we are there.  Steering ideas and decisions so that they are “owned” by the locals will be very important.  A working computer lab will not be the only benchmark of success.