I’m reading The Secrets of Facilitation: The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Getting Results with Groups by Michael Wilkinson (all us managers at the library are reading it right now).
I just read about the 5 P’s of Preparation – talking about planning for a meeting (on page 53). But I realized as I was reading the 5 P’s that they also work pretty well for planning and discussing a technology project.
So – here are my modified 5 P’s of Techie Project Planning:
- Purpose – what are the key objectives, why are we building/redesigning this?
- Product – what’s the goal? What’s the end result? How will we know we were successful?
- Participants – who needs to be involved? Who are we building this for?
- Probable issues – are there any concerns? Any roadblocks or challenges in our way? How can we prevent those?
- Process – What steps do we need to take to meet our goals?
What steps do you use when planning a technology or web project? Do they look similar to this? Let us know in the comments!
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The fine people at the WebDrivenChurch blog have been thinking about strategy – and I think their ideas for rethinking their tasks and projects is a great one, and can be adapted to also work for other organizations.
Here’s what they’re doing:
“We’re all so tied down to tasks that we can’t pick our heads up to dream again. So we’re doing something about it.
In every setting this might look different, but in ours it looks something like this:
- Stop: There are things we have done for years that just don’t need to be done anymore. Identify and cut.
- Combine: There are countless tasks that live independently of each other – but what if they could be combined? Identify and combine.
- Move: There are thing we do that take HUGE amounts of time and energy. But it is only because of the process. If there were a simpler way to do it wouldn’t that be better? Identify and move.
- Grow: There are things we are doing that are “old school.” We simply haven’t grown into the technology that is available in that area. Identify and grow.
- Simplify: And in all things ask if there is a more simple way of presenting the content. Are our websites still too bloated? Have we let our media players get too full? Etc. Identify and simplify.”
What do you think – what can you stop, combine, move, grow, or simplify? I’m guessing a lot…