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.
- Much better understanding on composition for music (how it is built, rather than how it makes you feel);
- An understanding of the music festival market, demographics, and business process;
- A good comparative analysis of music genres ~ this is hard when you go clubbing to socialise, and frequently ignore the music;
- Structure entire year towards this project. Organise with employer carefully, so my rate of achievements didn't drop;
- Spend time at the end of the preceding year to investigate the subject;
- Build social networking towards this objective, exchange lots of festival news;
- 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;
- 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);
- Think, structure and manage luggage. Organise containerised storage, same as international shipping.
- 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;
- 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);
- Perform previously stated domain knowledge developments;
- Spend time over the Xmas break planning a Gantt for the entire year;
- This included sliding windows in which finance all individual objectives (as obviously I needed to pay my normal bills);
- Due to an actual schedule, and fund projections; leave project without debt;
- As practice runs, start going clubbing in London (this using much of the same process);
- 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;
- Practice the actual pack and unpack of my luggage, to reduce the time this took. Improve my long term storage to facilitate this;
- 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;
- 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);
- I believe the entire project embodies efficiency and pragmatism, which is the goal of good PM;