Previously I was writing purely on my software engineering background. This and some related resources are mentioning some of the project focussed stuff. In terms of the “my own project”/ practice this seems the same as writing websites for charities. Everything that I effected in terms of process at mIS is fairly industry standard, and behind an NDA.
This text makes me sound very organised, and with a top-down world-view. Focussing on preparation for WGT specifically (largest single item), I was at a party in September 2009, and defined my goals in one night. To implement my plan took a year.

As a challenge, and to have a better understanding of music, I decided to go to six music festivals, across the musical genre; in one year. The count is entirely arbitrary; but is a balance of occurrence vs ability to spend on each (aka quality). For example, if I was attempting a higher number, I would have needed to abandon WGT, as flights and hotels are large item expenditure. Being at a festival takes time to setup and breakdown; time to do these activities needs to be factored in (i.e. travelling two successive weekends means you perform badly at work).
In the preceding two years I had been increasing my contact and development in graphic arts, this balanced my immersion. As I have invested in tools to create art and sewing, I have no investment in making music. Being able to understand it is useful.

Outcomes

  1. Much better understanding on composition for music (how it is built, rather than how it makes you feel);
  2. An understanding of the music festival market, demographics, and business process;
  3. A good comparative analysis of music genres ~ this is hard when you go clubbing to socialise, and frequently ignore the music;

Process

  1. Structure entire year towards this project. Organise with employer carefully, so my rate of achievements didn't drop;
  2. Spend time at the end of the preceding year to investigate the subject;
  3. Build social networking towards this objective, exchange lots of festival news;
  4. Investigate a range of transport options, to be able to arrive all over England, and international travel. Leverage long purchase lead-times and flexibility to achieve cheap rates;
  5. Invest time and learning to being able to talk in German, know more German culture, understand the way Germany is built (Die BahnHof for example);
  6. Think, structure and manage luggage. Organise containerised storage, same as international shipping.
  7. To appear correctly attired (and dressed relevant to continuous activities), use lead-times and the pre-owned markets to achieve more than I could afford to spend. This process changed the entire subculture of my clothes;

Project Management

  1. The first step was an upgrade to my telecoms, to allow efficient communications for any of the activities (my existing PC was old and underspecified);
  2. Perform previously stated domain knowledge developments;
  3. Spend time over the Xmas break planning a Gantt for the entire year;
    1. This included sliding windows in which finance all individual objectives (as obviously I needed to pay my normal bills);
    2. Due to an actual schedule, and fund projections; leave project without debt;
  4. As practice runs, start going clubbing in London (this using much of the same process);
  5. Transport had to be purchased over the course of the year, as many transport companies will not let you book tickets with a 9month lead time. Manage this process;
  6. Practice the actual pack and unpack of my luggage, to reduce the time this took. Improve my long term storage to facilitate this;
  7. Start using an ad-hoc inventory system to ensure I could organise all of my fairly complex costumes, in a small space, and quick setup/ breakdown. This requires storage for travel, and secondly storage at the destination;
  8. My highly organised approach to travel, flight restrictions etc, means I generally have little problem at airports or stations. This will be a lot less labour intensive when I have a portable information device (e.g. ipad);
  9. I believe the entire project embodies efficiency and pragmatism, which is the goal of good PM;

Festivals Season 2010

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