“All things are created twice; first mentally; then physically. The key to creativity is to begin with the end in mind, with a vision and a blue print of the desired result.” — Stephen Covey
What is it?
It is a method and ability of planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals. Because of the temporary nature of a project and the time constraints it needs a management strategy. The primary challenge of a project management is to achieve all of project’s goals and objectives. Because I like things to be analogue more than digital I created a project planning timeline of post-its with work packages stating with the month, then module title, weeks, and tasks:
But because I cant take the wall with me I use digital project planning as well. During the Mindful Design Practice module with Hazel White I’ve been introduced to a great and free web tool for project management called Trello. Before I used Evernote and Catch more for task-lists but couldn’t find them as useful as Trello. One thing I like the most about it is that Trello makes use of a grid structure and a well organised one to keep things clear. You can add comments, upload attachments, assign cards to users (yes, it is a multi-user-system), schedule due dates, there are email notifications. You can add checklists to cards, rate them and more. For more insightful feedback on Trello click here and here.
I’ve built on both tools and came up with a clean and clear project planning: