B is for “Back to the Grindstone:” Finally, I’m done travelling for bit after a funeral in Wyoming and a trip across the state for the annual Easter gathering, and everyone is back in school after spring break. It’s been a great little break from the job search, but it’s definitely time to get back to the routine.
In the meantime, I have started studying for a project management credential that will at least look good on my resume, even if most of the stuff in the book is either common sense or pointless jargon. Or, pointless jargon made up to describe common sense, as in “Close Project or Phase is the process of finalizing all activities …to formally complete the project or phase.” Really? I wonder how long it took to create diagrams to explain that developing a schedule is part of the planning process or to note that acquiring a project team is required to complete the project?
Maybe for practice, I’ll develop a gantt chart that demonstrates how to do laundry, with tasks like:
- initiate Laundry Project Planning Process (as this is a Projectized Organization, I’ve already been assigned as the Project Manager and am also the Project Sponsor, so I can proceed without a formal Project Charter)
- ask all Project Stakeholders to place dirty clothes in laundry basket before going to school or work
- determine Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and sort clothes by color
- confirm Project Scope by checking behind Stakeholder doors and under beds for additional Dirty Sock Task Items
- update WBS when load of delicate cycle only ballet attire is discovered under a bed
- move to Execute Project and initiate Phase I, Wash Jeans and Other Dark Clothes
- add a task to Project Communications Plan: require Stakeholders to check under their own beds for Task Items if they wish to receive the Project Deliverable entitled Clean Laundry
I wish you happy and effective management of all of your projects today!