The Idea Guy • January 19, 2019
About the Project Plan
One of the biggest challenges people tell us they have had in developing an idea is in knowing how to get started. Then, once they have an idea, what to do with it so its gets developed, prototyped and implemented.
To help simplify the development of an idea or solution, I’ve developed a project planning tool that documents the steps, tools, start and end dates for each step. Completed in advance of a project, this plan helps communicate the work that would be required. Referenced after its completion, it provides a retrospective for learning and improvement.
Using a simple GANNT chart approach, we assign color blocks in to each item in a step of the Project Plan. Some items will take short amounts of time, others longer. This approach to project management accounts for those variances, as well as dependencies. We can also include estimated hours for each, as well as costs. Cumulatively, we can estimate the total amount of time and costs associated with executing a plan, in advance for consideration and approval.
3. Execute the plan.
Each part of the plan has a start date and an end date, In most cases, when something ends then something else begins. If something does not end on time, then the next thing cannot start on time. Since so many of the parts are dependent on each other missed deadlines can impact the delivery of a project.