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Project Management Principles to Improve Work, Life, and your Mental Health

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Having moved from Front End development has presented some fantastic learning opportunities for the author on how to bring order from the chaos of beginning a large scale WordPress project.

These principles can be appropriated to small business AND to personal and home based projects. The net result is can be reduced stress and anxiety...

Here are some of those principles.

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Project Management Principles to Improve Work, Life, and your Mental Health

  1. 1. Project Management Principles to Improve your Work, Life, and Mental Health Dee Teal
  2. 2. @thewebprincess humanmade.co.uk @humanmadeltd
  3. 3. @thewebprincess humanmade.co.uk @humanmadeltd
  4. 4. #@$d*!! Blah… Blah Blah
  5. 5. ReflectCelebrateIteratePrioritiseVisualiseAnalyse Complete
  6. 6. Analyse
  7. 7. Project: Website Updates Analyse WEBSITE UPDATES Task Effort ✅ • Backup 0 ✅ • Update Core/Themes/Plugins 2 ☑ • Add new Products to Inventory 8 ☑ • Write Descriptions ☑ • Gather Images ☑ • Prepare and Optimise Images ☑ • Create the Products ☑ • Upload to Website ☑ • Publish Products ☑ • Update Site Header 3 ☑ • Add Phone Number to Header 5 ☑ • Add New Blog Post 3 ☑ • Write Blog article ☑ • Find Feature Image for post
  8. 8. Project: Holiday Analyse WEBSITE UPDATES Task Effort ✅ • Research Options 13 ✅ • Flights ☑ • Accommodation ☑ • Activities ☑ • Bookings 5 ☑ • Flights ☑ • Accommodation ☑ • Activities ☑ • Packing 3 ☑ • Buy new Luggage ☑ • Health 5 ☑ • Travel Insurance ☑ • Imunisations ☑ • Get Travel Meds
  9. 9. Visualise
  10. 10. Prioritise Do what adds value first
  11. 11. Iterate
  12. 12. by Henrik Kniberg
  13. 13. by Henrik Kniberg
  14. 14. Complete Set a definition of Done Measure your backlog items against it!
  15. 15. • The feature / story has been coded • It has been tested by the team collaborating with our Product owner (unittest, reviewed, tested for scalability if needed etc) • It has been released to our staging environment • Once released to staging our Product Owner and external testers either put their thumbs up or down. If they are happy it is "Done" it gets moved to the Done column and becomes ready to show in the Review
  16. 16. Celebrate
  17. 17. Reflect What went well? What did not go well? What will we do to improve?
  18. 18. “Do what Adds Value First”
  19. 19. Buy stock in Post Its
  20. 20. Further Reading • What is Project Management? http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4014-project-management.html • Agile Project Management for Dummies (cheatsheet) http://www.dummies.com/careers/project- management/agile-project-management-for-dummies-cheat-sheet/ • Scrum: The art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the time https://www.scruminc.com/new-scrum-the-book/ • Scrum Alliance: https://www.scrumalliance.org • Getting Started with Kan Ban (pdf) - https://kanbanery.com/ebook/GettingStartedWithKanban.pdf • Project Management at Stack Exchange - http://pm.stackexchange.com/ • Asana - https://app.asana.com/ • Trello - https://trello.com/
  21. 21. Questions
  22. 22. @thewebprincess humanmade.co.uk @humanmadeltd

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