I do. A lot. As I think most of us do.
I have tried many different ways of keeping a To Do list, and have found that there are 3 key things your To Do list has to meet:
1. It has to give you an overview. It doesn't matter if the lst is just for you, or if it's for your entire team, it needs to be easy for everyone to see the tasks, who it belongs to, and when they need to be done.
2. It has to support your process. Where in your project are you? Does that impact the tasks? Maybe use stickynotes in different colours, if it's important to show what phase a task belongs to.
3. And it has to show your progress on the project. Sometimes you can get so overwhelmed with the amount of tasks on a project. Keep the tasks you have done, that's one way of showing progress.
In this videotip I show 4 different examples of To Do lists.
These are JUST 4 examples of lists that can help you and your keep track of all the tasks.
We're still in the tools department. And this is one of my big passions: STICKY NOTES.
I know it sounds crazy to claim that I love sticky notes - but I just do!
And here you have 5 reasons why:
Sticky notes are so easy to use. All you need is a pad of notes, something to write with, and somewhere to stick them. E.A.S.Y.
Sticky notes are super versatile. Move them around. Cluster. Move apart. remove. Ad new. The possibilities are many. They are easy to change. And all along the way you keep the big overview of the process.
And that's also reason number 3
They are amazing for creating an overview.
I always start any process - ANY - with a braindump. I get everything I can think of in connection to the process, down on sticky notes - one thing per note - and then I can see what I have.
And when I'm working with a group, it's the same. Get everything we know, as a collective, on sticky notes, and get a shared overview. You can see...
Welcome to Tip #1 in my series: 52 tips from The Visual Project Manager.
These tips are focused on all the things that can help you become a Visual Project Manager.
Maybe you know this already:
You should NEVER compromise on equipment.
And the best equipment is the equipment that you use. It doesn't matter what others think or what something cost. If you don't use it, it's worthless.
My main tool: Markers!
When I work with visualising, whether it's visually recording a speech at a conference or a report out at a workshop, or if I'm visually facilitating a group, I'm dependent on my markers performance.
They are my main tool, and they have to do a good job EVERY time.
In my opinion, there's no better marker, than the markers produced and sold by the German company Neuland.
Here are my reasons for using these markers:
I believe strongly that visuals can help get an overview, make fuzzy things tangible, and help us in our daily work.
This guide to drawing 20 icons for projects, is a part of my mission, to teach visual project management.
It's a simple guide, to show you just HOW EASY it it to start drawing, and integrate that, into your practice as a Project Manager.
A person is a person is a person....
The visuals don’t create meaning on their own – it’s not a rebus.
Text defines the context - the power lies in putting VISUALS & TEXT together.
The one above here could be: Man, Woman, Child, Team Member, Boss, Project Manager – or any kind of person.
Also, there isn't ONE way to visualise something. It depends on the situation, the culture, the group, and the content.
For example GOAL:
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