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Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

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Once you’ve filled out Table 4-1, you have a starting point and an ending
point. You’ll make this dream real only once, so that means it’s a project. You
can complete the project plan in three steps:

Decide when the dream will be real and set a deadline.Look at the

deadline from two perspectives. From a business perspective, plan to be
ready two months before the busy season or the time to really make
money. That way, if you run behind schedule, you’ll still make the big
day. From a project perspective, make sure you are giving yourself and
your team enough time to do all the work, even while keeping your cur-
rent business going.

Define the gaps between where you are now and where you want to be

by creating a target diagram,as you see in Figure 4-1.

Create a project planusing Chapters 6 through 12.

The target diagram is a very useful tool for creating a clear picture of the
path to your dream. You’ll see an example in Figure 4-1. At the center, you put
your dream or opportunity. On arrows pointing toward the dream, you define

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Project Management for Small Business Made Easy

each piece of work, problem, or issue between where you are now (outside the
circle) and where you want to be (the target, your dream). Each arrow is one
gap to close, one part of your project plan.
Thinking visually opens up the mind and helps us sort things out when
there are a lot of different things to do. Thinking about gaps—defining where
we are now and where we want to be—clears the mind of blame and focuses
on the job to be done. Use a target diagram to get yourself focused!
The example in Figure 4-1 is a dream coming true for me. For 12 years,
I’ve made money by training and consulting. I’d like to make some money by
sharing what I’ve written without having to work every day for every dollar.
If I can write several books, market them, sell some additional white papers—
articles on advanced topics—and automate all of that on a web site, then I’ll
be able to share what I know with more people and make some money with-
out exhausting myself as a road warrior. To make that dream come true, I need
to do the four arrow actions in Figure 4-1. Drawing it out like this made it

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Picture your
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Dreams and Opportunities

easy to write a project plan. Then I got to work. By the time this book is in
your hands, it will be done: Project Management for Small BusinessMade
Easy is my eighth book. To see the results of my project—and get lots of cool
tips and free stuff—go to www.qualitytechnology.com.

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