As a Project Manager I have and field an endless supply of half-baked ideas. There are more ideas than I can bake each week, so I have set a goal to break the ideas down into two ready to serve deliverables each week. My process to do this is as follows:
Get clear on the expectations.
- Is this idea going to lead to real beneficial change? Is this idea self-contained or will it be one in a process of ideas that move us towards our goals? Or is this just another random shiny object distracting us from making any real progress?
- Who is asking and why are they asking for the materialization of this idea?
- How will the implementation of this idea benefit others?
- Identify all need dates, milestones, communication plans, and end objectives.
- Break the final objective down into specific deliverables.
- List and sequence the individual tasks necessary to meet each deliverable.
- Recruit help as necessary.
- Create a calendared plan of action.
- Work your plan.
- Delegate where appropriate and necessary.
- At the end of each day note what has been accomplished, identify the next steps, confirm you are tracking on the milestones, deliverable, and objective.
- Gather feedback on the work you have accomplished from key stakeholders.
- Make any adjustments necessary.
- Move back to additional execution or forward to plan your delivery method.
- Create a well thought out delivery plan appropriate for your ready to serve idea.
- Practice your delivery.
- Deliver fully.
- Gather feedback
- Did your ready to serve idea meet the initial intentions?
- Is your idea being used by the intended end users?
- Who is using this idea who was not on your original list of end users?
- Implement and follow-up on any relevent feedback.
- Tailor the idea for the additional end users.
- Come to agreement on any next deliverable, the completion of the objective, or the next half-baked idea to complete.
Today’s Simple Smile Igniter:
Fully baking ideas take a focused plan, time, and energy. Give the outlined process a try and let me know if you have any questions.