Merchants of Dirt Episode #40
Don’t be the single point of failure by being the only one with all the gear by building a few gear redundancy strategies into your plans.
Single Point of Failure (SPOF)
When someone has all the gear — all the tents, tables, and computers —
then you have a single point of failure.
In systems architecture, a single point of failure (SPOF) is when a part of a system that,
if it fails, will stop the entire system from working.
You never want a SPOFs in your race plan.
Unfortunately, many times (more than we would like to admit)
the race director is the only one with all the gear.
It is difficult to provide any reliability in your racing business if you control all the keys to the kingdom.
Similar to how your business management is hindered when you are both the race director and the racing business owner,
gear can quickly become a new SPOF for your race.
It may not seem it at first, but as you build your race venue infrastructure plans,
each additional item becomes important to your final vision.
If those items do not make it to the venue because only one person has it all,
then your race will never make it off the ground.
This is why your goal needs to be focused on
having a way to get everything up-and-running at the venue for when (not if) you can’t make it there.
But it takes more than just telling yourself you will do it next year.
Next year might be the year something really bad happens.
However, if you build in a gear redundancy strategies now,
you can help yourself avoid total disaster later.
Here are a few ideas on how to do that:
- #1 — Distribute your Gear
- #2 — Mobile Storage On-Site
- #3 — Portable Storage Containers
- Be a Race Promoter, not a race director
- Why do race promoters fail?
- It’s Time to Build Your Outdoor Life
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