My husband is a woodworker. He reads, plans, makes notes, makes more notes, draws pictures, creates mock-ups from cardboard, practices his ideas on leftovers, figures out the cost of materials, scouts various hardware stores, and eventually he starts the actual building of a project. I frequently tell him he has all the hallmarks of a great project manager, although his projects seldom complete on the schedule I provide!
So this weekend, in his new issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine, he points out an article on “Trading in your hammer for a clipboard.” My personal and professional life collided.
I don’t have a good analogy for the hammer, but I can say that many of those tasks listed above have happened in various forms to bring the Web Refresh project team to this point.
We held our last intake meeting as part of the refresh initiative last week. Looking back through schedules from almost a year ago (Oct. 12, 2018), my forecast was that we would be done with the refresh by Aug. 9, 2019. My optimism prevailed as we were off and running with intake meetings nearly every week.