“We want more project delivery, less project management time. Results are the prize we are chasing” – Ali Fowler
Some of these areas you will be rockstars in and other areas may need some upskilling.
Like any change we want to make, it’s going to take work and practice to develop some new mindsets and habits and learn a few new skills along the way. Skills that can open up possibilities for your life, business, family, community…even your legacy to the world.
Many people who have legacy projects are following this simple Start. Do. Finish. to help get their dreams off the back burner and into the world. Small business owners and solopreneurs are following this too.
The Start. Do. Finish approach has been developed through deep listening to a range of project owners who have been generous with their openness on the struggles they face and what works for them and what is definitely not working. It is also a result of three years of observations of social entrepreneurs who may never step into a corporate environment with a wealth of resources and departments behind them (and frankly never want to), and how they delivering epic projects ‘out in the wild’ under extraordinary circumstances, mostly before ‘the money appears’. And often without a traditional formal project plan or approach, but rather some simple common sense superpowers of the right mindset and the ability to break down big things into little things, in order to get more done and sooner.
If it’s simple, we are more likely to follow it. This is so simple, its all on one page, summarised at the start of this book, for your convenience.
This book is designed to be read in small chunks, put down, picked up again, put down, picked up again and to be bent, scribbled on, shoved in laptop bags, read on planes, swiped through on phones and tablets, listened to whilst you are out walking, playing in the background whilst you are cooking dinner or on the treadmill at the gym – audio*1 version coming soon. It’s low-cost professional development for your team because having one common language on a project is key to team engagement and this book provides some pretty simple language and visuals that teams can adopt and make their own.
It’s an unapologetically simple for beginners as well has clearly marked advanced strategies for the more experienced.
Here – its all about you. Whether you are reading this as a project administrator, project manager, project director, project sponsor or newbie, part-timer or learning to become your own project guru for your own project, we have your back.
We’re here for both projects and their owners!
This book is for those of you with no project experience or training as well as friendly reminders for those of you who are well versed and experienced in the discovering, designing, deciding and doing of projects.
If this is your first time into project land, a sincere welcome to you. Consider a virtual hug or handshake coming your way. This book is going to be helpful as a resource, something to carry in your back pocket and pull out when you find yourself contemplating your next project or right in the middle of one and wondering what your next step might be
If you are a frequent flyer in Project Land, great to see you here today. This book will be a handy reminder of some things you already know lots about and are well versed in, but there will be some new thoughts and insights and perspectives, that I urge you to consider and expand your repertoire. After all, there’s no end to our learning. Why? Because no two projects are ever the same. That’s why we love them!
My wish for you is that this book will give you the courage to take on a project that can make a real difference in your life, our business, your family, your community and your world.
Good luck with your projects!
Founder & CEO, World Projects