Perhaps a 15 years ago I attended a project management course. The one thing that sticks in my memory is the really simple project management system we were shown. It went like this:
- Write all the activities and their owners on to a Post-it® Note. You could complicated things by using different colour Post-it® Notes for different people.
- Create a board with four boxes:
- To do
- In Progress
- Attention Required
- Now add the Post Post-it® Notes to the To Do box in the 4 box board. Do I need to explain what to do next? ……. No.
- Everything in the top 3 boxes are deemed to be in control. Whenever an item appears in the “Attention Required” box, everyone in the project team gives it their attention.
Now assuming the Post-it® Notes don’t fall off (best to use the real thing on a suitable surface), you will have a clear overview of the state of the project otherwise known as a dashboard.
Here is how you can replicate the process with MindManager:Please download this map and read the instructions.There are some hints at the bottom of the map about how you can make the process more complicated if you need to.