Project management is an exciting task that can be done in many different styles and approaches. However, this article will only layout a basic formula to getting started in discovering your own style.
Understanding Your Projects and Yourself
Projects are like molecules; there are an unthinkably large amount of variations in different fields and situations, but no matter how unique each project is there are made of only a few components and propositions. In the case of the molecule, there is the proton, neutron, and electron. For projects, there are tasks, budget, timeframe, quality needed, costs, and residual value.
Tasks- Type of work: physical, digital, social, influential etc.
Budget- Does every penny count or is money not an issue?
Timeframe- Rushed or well planned and timed accordingly.
Quality- Do they need a unique, quality product? Or, can it be cookie-cutter?
Costs (material & time)- What is this going to cost you?
Residual Value (existing or potential)- Is there potential for future value? Do you receive a credit of some sort or royalty payment?
Each of these factors contribute to the method in which the project is handled, all should be considered. Before handling multiple projects at once, it is key that you can deliberate on one single project at a time until you gradually begin to understand your own style and process.
It's only when you truly know your own way of doing things that you can begin to intertwine creative projects and multi-task.
Project pipelines are used as a visual tool for managing projects and organizing your plans for the future. With a pipeline, you can treat your process for projects like an assembly lines being passed from step to step. There are many softwares that serve as excellent project management tools by using the pipeline method such as Monday.com or Zoho Projects. If you're the old school type, you can use a white board and sticky notes. Here is an image I pulled from Google to illustrate a basic example:
As you can see in this particular chart, some projects are behind others (Project one is in test stage and Project 8 is in launch stage) and this is actually common, which is another reason why organizing multiple projects in a visual pipeline can help you better understand what's currently going on.