How NOT to Plan Your Project

Plan Your Project

The traditional message about how to plan your project is flawed.

You’ve probably heard the old adage: to fail to plan is to plan to fail. And, if you only plan you will also fail.

We are told to plan our project by only focusing on what we have to do. Typically we write down all the tasks we need to complete. And ideally, in the order, they need to be completed. This is crucial. We need to know what to do to win our projects. And, it’s not enough.

To plan to fail is to plan to fail. And, only planning will also fail – You need project design.

It’s not enough because the major reason that we fail to finish our projects is not how we plan your project. It’s a lack of motivation. We run out of puff, we get distracted and we lose focus.

Project Planning and Project Passion

Project Passion - Project Planning

Planning is not enough. Instead, we also need design. In particular, we need to design and embed our motivation into our project plan. To plan your project you need to include your motivation, your passion and your inspiration.

It’s not enough to merely hope that the excitement you being your project will continue from start to finish. And, likewise, you can’t rely on your willpower and discipline to pick up the slack when the inevitable obstacles appear.

In Episode 93 of the Ideas Architect Podcast we have the third chapter and first of the seven rules from my book Project Done.

Geoff McDonald and the Ideas Architect Podcast

Some of the things you will learn from this episode:

  • What my seven years of training as an Architect didn’t teach me
  • Why you need both the Rider and the Elephant
  • The big reason that I quit architecture
  • How to design a board game
  • How to identify your strengths
  • What is Project Design?

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