Project Planning Made Simple

Hi Beautiful, 

Ready to get started on your next project?  Not sure what to include and want to avoid wasting a ton of time.  Want to see faster results?

Project Plan Essentials for Solo Entrepreneurs

As I’ve focused on growing my business this past year and getting everything set up, it’s been project after project to get things working and running smoothly. 

With limited resources and time, it’s important for me to have an effective and simple project management plan so that I get things done.  

This agile approach has served me well to get things done on time, make efficient use of my time and resources, and help me deliver high-quality work

I’m in the process of building my signature program, which will teach lady entrepreneurs how to successfully plan, execute and optimize their projects so that they making managing their business manageable. 

This will afford them the opportunity to spend the quality time they desire with their friends and family, while still staying on top of their growing business.

Here are my four must-do project planning essentials that have helped me to target my efforts, make the best use of my time, and allowed me to deliver high-quality results.

1. For the project goal what will be the Key Features.

Features are the nuts and bolts of what essential for the end result to work.  

For example, in my signature program, a couple of the key features that I’m including are: 1)  it must have course content that covers project planning, 2) It must be on a platform that people can easily access.

When I spend time noting features, it helps to collect my thoughts and make sure that what I’m focusing on to deliver is linked to the value that I want to create.  I can also evaluate when a potential feature is not worthwhile for me to pursue.

2. Develop Feature Details but keep them Simple.

Now that I have my features listed then I take each feature and write out the high-level details that will make up that feature. 

I do this by writing feature details as bullets.  Bullets help me to stay clear and concise so that I’m more targeted on what needs to be accomplished.

For example, for my signature program feature to ensure it includes project planning content some of the details I will target are: 1) include a definition and example of what a feature is, and 2) include a template for how to write a feature and the feature details.

3. Estimate the time required to complete a Feature

This important to allow you to get an estimate of the total amount of time required to complete your project.  If you want you can get more exact in your estimate by determining the amount of time to complete each feature detail.  

For example, to complete the two features I’ve shared in this post, I’m estimating that it will take me 2 hours to complete the course content and 6 hours to set up the platform access.

4. Create a Highlevel Timeline

This one of the most critical steps to starting you actually doing your project. 

I use the Features and the estimates to timeline out when I will start and finish each feature.  This high-level view also allows me to capture drop-dead dates or deliverables that have to be completed. 

I’m also able to see on paper the dependencies within my project. For example, I know that my printer requires 4 weeks of lead time before my products are ready to sell, so I have to make sure all of my content is ready for the printer 4 to 5 weeks in advance of when I want to start selling.

It also helps me with sequencing activities so that the flow of what I’m doing makes sense and builds upon itself to deliver my final product.

Plus it helps me to see at a glance if I’m on target or falling behind.  Then I can make the decisions, do I trade-off, or do need to bring in help or extend my timeline for completion.

With these 4 essentials for project planning I understanding the features that I want to deliver, the details, how much time, and the high-level timeline.  

This helps me to schedule out my week in my Living Blessed Planner.  I’m not putting down a to-do list but I’m capturing and doing the things that will create the greatest value for my business.

What Do you Think?

I’d love to hear from you: comment below on what you struggle with when it comes to executing projects for your business.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

Hi! I'm Janice

I teach women entrepreneurs how to bring their creative business ideas to life with Agile Practices and Business Objective Management Skills.

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