Work In Progress

by ts8richardson

This week, I have spent quite a bit of time trying to work on a project plan. I feel that strong planning up front, strong team expectations and removing ambiguity takes the stress and pressure out of team work. I know the team has already been stressed about the amount of work, the size of the team, the tight timelines and the difficulty of knowing where to start. I feel that since they have allowed me to project manage, developing a strong plan from the beginning can help the team to feel better about moving forward. As a smaller team (in the holidays), we had talked about using Garrett’s (2003) Nine Pillars as a framework for organising the project. We were all familiar with this framework from the DMDP course. Another team member had also recommended using Standford Design School’s methods, mindsets and design process- so I have been reading up, mainly using their ‘Bootcamp Bootleg’ resource (Plattner, Nd). The final resource that has been useful in developing a project plan comes from a project management perspective. The Project Management Institute produces the “PMBOK Guide” (PMI, 2008)- a handbook for project management using their recognised methods and processes. This has been useful tool for crafting a project management plan.

Garrett’s Nine Pillars:

Garrett’s Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams, Accessed from

The design process SDS use consists of:

SDS Design Process, Accessed from

The other interesting resource is their mindsets, which I think could be very valuable for our team:

PMBOK’s Project Management Planning:

Developing a Project Management Plan, (PMI 2008, p.47)

Developing a Project Management Plan, (PMI 2008, p.47)

Using these models and the particular needs and constraints of this project, we have suggested working on a modified process which will work for this project:

Plan- Empathize- Define- Ideate- Clarify- Design- Prototype- Test

Using this process, all the tasks can be divided up into these phases and the tasks can be spread across the team- according to interest and need, but also so that we can ensure all team members can be working in all phases of the project so it can be delivered on time.

Garrett, JJ 2003, The Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams. Accessed from

Plattner, H Nd. Bootcamp Bootleg. Accessed from

Project Management Institute 2008, A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 4th Ed. PMI, Pennsylvania