TOOL / ACTIVITY

Project Builder

Category:
Project work
Duration:
20-60 minutes

We all want projects that have great impact. And one of the best ways to do that is to "see" how the project will unfold, and recognize the downstream pressures, constraints, needs, and enablers that can make or break a project.

Because the skills represent basic decisions that need to be made throughout the life of a project they let us "build" a vision of how the project might work, so we can frame our early decisions with a clear understanding of the downstream outcomes.

What you'll need

  • Start from the project builder template on Miro
  • Rough understanding of the project goals & outcomes
  • Small group to work with, or who will provide immediate feedback

Steps

  1. Answer the phase-questions to chart the context around your project
  2. Select skill-patterns from the card listing, and drag them up to your project plan
  3. Review the skill patterns backwards: do any downstream patterns require new upstream arrangements?
  4. Now add new cards for your project-specific patterns.
  5. E.g., if you're testing a concept prototype, you might add a card in '2. Approach' for "Clickable Prototype"
  6. Use this project plan to create a rough timeline and scope for the project
  7. Now socialize this "pre-built" project with the larger team, and see what else you need to get moving
Last updated: .
October 7, 2020 3:52 PM

Examples in the wild

Tips

  • Work on this with your project team, to build a shared understanding
  • This activity is perfect for a ~25 minute meeting to think through a project before you need to get into the heavy details
  • You can send the questions from each phase to the team ahead of time, so they can answer those that are most relevant to their needs

Variations

  • You can sketch this frame pretty easily with pen and paper while referencing the main template.

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