Winning Made Easy: How do you simplify projects? When do you measure your progress? What methods do you use to transition to the next phase?
Winning Made Easy: How to Simplify Success
You have an idea. You want to dive right in. How can you know whether your idea has any chance of success? One method is to start with a plan.
Before you start a new project or even go to a job interview, put together a 30-60-90-day plan.
You can write the presentation in Word or PowerPoint.
Some people use a calendar. Some people like excel. With excel, they can spread the plan across a table.
At a minimum, write your plan on a plain document.
With a 30-60-90-day plan, you accomplish several things.
Before you start a new project, you can see the final shape of your idea. You can begin to see the costs. The risks become more apparent. Your opportunities for success begin to crystallize.
When interviewing, you can use your plan to see whether your plans fit the company and whether the company fits you as a person.
Whether starting a new project or interviewing for a job, you can show others the merits of you project or qualifications.
In the first thirty days, you begin the learning process.
Thomas Edison reportedly said that he had invented 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb.
If you are doing something you have done many times before, you might have the experience to move ahead quickly. Nonetheless, the plan helps you look for things that you may have not considered.
In the first thirty days, you break things down into learning steps. Ask questions. Listen to feedback. Research all angles. Discuss with your team how the project is progressing.
A dangerous pitfall for experienced people is to do things the way they did them on previous projects or at their former employer.
Treat each task as though it is new. Ask yourself whether you know how to do your new job or whether you are doing what you did at your old company. If the two are different, you can fail to do your new job well.
After the first thirty days, you should work with more freedom.
Your confidence and comfort are higher. When you speak with your supervisor, discuss your activities and plans. Ask for feedback. If there are things that you need to have finished during your first thirty days, add those things to your daily schedule to get them done as quickly as possible.
After sixty days, measure your progress and move ahead.
Your work is up-to-date. You have successes you can show your team or your supervisor. You have scheduled your activities into the weeks and months ahead.
After ninety days, your skills and knowledge are high. You can add a matrix to your presentation to show how you will manage your job and future projects beyond the first ninety days.
SWOT SUCCESS ANALYSIS
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If plan with this amount of detail, you will know whether you are working on things that are worth your time. You will build trust with the people on your team or with the hiring company.
Furthermore, you will simplify success.