Re-baselining the Plan

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I'm a Project Manager by trade, and I'm beginning to think that there's a lot of parallels between this process and managing a project.

What really made me think about it is that all the time, projects are delayed, go over-budget, or develop what is called "scope creep".

Delay: This has definitely happened with my plan. My goal was to be at 165 lbs. by October 23rd, and when I set the goal it was SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). Now, it's not so Achievable or Realistic. I've been making progress, but I've crunched the numbers, and that weight is not realistic for October 23rd.

So I'm doing what all good project managers would do. Talking to the stakeholders (me and The Spark), and mutually agreeing to re-baseline the plan. New goal to be firmly out of 170-ville by my birthday.

As far as the scope creep, by developing the healthy habits that I've been working on, I'm beginning to realize all sorts of things that I can use with this great new functionality. I'm going to set more goals, add more requirements to my project, and develop rigorous success criteria. Scope creep is normally terrible for projects, but in my case, this project can go on longer than The Big Dig, so it's nothing to worry about!

I've decided to start putting together some project documentation, and will share soon!
Some ideas: A Project Charter, Statement of Work, Requirements Document, Specifications, Success Criteria, Lessons Learned, Issues, Risks, Action Items, Assumptions, User Acceptance Testing. emoticon

LOL, I think this will be fun, and I think a way for me to have a greater perspective on the overall plan.
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    I really liked this post! It's so funny, because this morning I was thinking that (although I have a very limited business background) my sparkpage description seemed a lot like the mission statements I learned about back in Business 101. I can tell that your field is going to be really helpful in setting and achieving your goals. Maybe you can start a little fitness plan consulting on the side for other sparkbuddies?

    Here's a pint for your ingeniousness, just in time for the weekend. Cheers!
    3436 days ago
    I'm in a similar field and deal with all these things as well. I've never thought about treating my weight loss as a project but will give it some thought. I hope you are doing well this week and moving towards the plan to leave 170-ville. I did my weekly weigh today and am up 0.2. Not really much but geez, I was finally exercising regularly! Obviously, the project is backtracking and I need to get it moving forward!
    3450 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2009 12:20:22 PM
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