Like you I have a background in Project Management and I find it extremely useful in the running of my business. There are various aspects of my business that require extreme attention to detail. I have noticed that as my PM skills improved over the years, the better my ability to plan the pieces of my business. The PM skills “forced” me to analyze my business with more detail.
It isn’t like those pieces or details would not have been
dealt with, however, I now find it almost part of my new business nature to
think of the more minute details. It definitely
makes things easier when it comes time to launch new initiatives. I don’t use a formal methodology or plan out
Gantt charts for any of my “projects”, but having the know how is great.
With that being said, maybe I don’t need MS Project to plan out the family dinner. After all we know who the “steak” holders are!
Initially as a student of PM I wanted to apply PM to all things. Once I learned that PM is just a methodology, I eased-out on Gantt’ing and concentrated on enhancing the paradigm instead – Post-it notes are more then sufficient tools in many cases.
If by certification you mean to achieve the PMP certification, I suggest you visit http://www.pmhub.net/. There are many tools that can help you through the certification process.
Jon Bianco, PMP
I`m impressed. Not only with the subject matter of this post, but by the actual writing in your comments. You have done your homework. You are well-schooled and you are using the knowledge you have learned.
I am not a "schooled" project manager although I have been through some formal training. I know about and have used Gantt charts. However, I am posting to 1) Commend you on this thought process and your comments and 2) to make some observations on the topic.
I think all of us are Project Managers to some degree. It just happens based on how the brain works. The brain is your own PC. It is methodical and PM is methodical business. All of us may not know about Gantt Charts and many probably have no idea what we are talking about ... and that is OK. I do feel that life is one project after another and we DO Project Manage life to the best of our ability. And ... if all of us would attempt to learn to perform PM better, our lives - both personally and professional - would be better, smoother, and less complicated ... Plan the work, work the plan.
Draven, your last comments hit the nail on the head. Your examples about studying and goal setting all fall into the category of PM, in my humble opinion. Some may disagree, but I`m with you.
I have been a fanatic about planning projects all of my life. Whether it is painting the master bedroom and bath (which my wife and I did over the holiday week) or planning a meeting with a client. Or planning a project after a meeting with a client. PM comes into play in my business everyday and I feel PM is an important tool for any small business. Yes, I use 3M Post-It Notes, too. But that ain`t project management, IMHO.
Draven ... great subject - welcome and I hope to see more posts from you in the near future.
Have a great weekend!