Years ago I stumbled upon a series of inexpensive management booklets published by Dorling Kindersley Limited. The one that was most helpful to me was Project Management. In particular the section on Planning A Project. The booklet describes eight steps that I have used every time I tackle a new project. As designers we have learned to do this, but not in a formal way that always leads to a good plan. Too often we just jump on the first ideas and start designing. Or for non-design projects - just start doing stuff without a clear picture of the whole process.
The 8 Project Planning Steps
I have found that, whenever a project seems especially complicated, frustrating or just plain stuck, a review of these eight steps will bring clarity and show yoy the way through the impasse.
Give it a try.
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Original post date 1/7/2013