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Project Planning, Management – a 2006 Resolution

Learnt few good tips and tricks from many good people in the community during the year gone by. And further from experience, here is a list/quickie of points that one should always remember while planning, managing projects.

TO-DO

  • Plan, organize and execute team activities and tasks, team work is the way to go
  • Try to meet your target on an 8-hour, 5-day basis
  • Realistic and measurable deadlines
  • No Procrastination
  • Distribute work properly, delegate effectively
  • Perform your tasks smarter, not harder nor longer
  • Find more time for your family, social life, leisure, exercise and your interests

PROJECT RISK FACTORS

  • Lack of team skill and head count
  • Unrealistic schedules and budget
  • Developing the wrong software functions
  • Developing the wrong user interface
  • Gold plating
  • Continuing stream of requirement changes
  • Shortfalls in externally furnished components
  • Shortfalls in performed tasks
  • Real-time performance shortfalls
  • Straining technical architecture
  • No or little planning

Never estimate quote/price or timeline without a set of project requirements.

And here is How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Great resolutions! I especially liked:

    * Try to meet your target on an 8-hour, 5-day basis
    * Realistic and measurable deadlines
    * Find more time for your family, social life, leisure, exercise and your interests

    Last year, I took on 2 or 3 more projects then I should have that really ate away my summer. I was so busy over summer last year that I didnǃÙt take time to go camping, fishing, hiking or any other type of vacation. I didn't get to enjoy the beach and I didn't really get to spend any time with my friends. Even when I managed to take a Saturday or Sunday off, I spent the entire day thinking about how I didnǃÙt really have any time. By October all I could think about was all the time I had spent at work and how much I hated looking at my computer screen. I was literally burned out. Fortunately, I had saved up enough cash to take a 2 month hiatus from Flash and programming and now I am fully recharged. I even worked on a project just for the fun of it and I haven't done that in like 2 years.

    I agree with you 100% Brajeshwar!

  2. Great resolutions! I especially liked:

    * Try to meet your target on an 8-hour, 5-day basis
    * Realistic and measurable deadlines
    * Find more time for your family, social life, leisure, exercise and your interests

    Last year, I took on 2 or 3 more projects then I should have that really ate away my summer. I was so busy over summer last year that I didnǃÙt take time to go camping, fishing, hiking or any other type of vacation. I didn't get to enjoy the beach and I didn't really get to spend any time with my friends. Even when I managed to take a Saturday or Sunday off, I spent the entire day thinking about how I didnǃÙt really have any time. By October all I could think about was all the time I had spent at work and how much I hated looking at my computer screen. I was literally burned out. Fortunately, I had saved up enough cash to take a 2 month hiatus from Flash and programming and now I am fully recharged. I even worked on a project just for the fun of it and I haven't done that in like 2 years.

    I agree with you 100% Brajeshwar!

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