I recently posted a little diddy entitled “Project Management Just Like Grandma Used to Make” – which generated a bit of a buzz.
Seems project management – a.k.a. figuring out how to get everything done – is definitely an issue for small business owners. No surprise there.
What was really cool is that questions came from people whose businesses were growing. But then that can be good news and that can be bad news – it all depends on your ability to handle that growth. Many a small business has run itself out of business by growing too fast because they don’t have the resources to support that growth. Time is definitely a resource – so being able to manage (spend) time is important.
And money is certainly a resource small biz owners are often short on. Another problem small business owners have – especially those of us who provide services – is being able to cost out projects accurately. Believe me, I’ve worked on many a project that, when the day was done, I sure didn’t want to “do the math” and figure out what I’d actually made per hour.
When I came across this post on Agile Project Management from MarketingProfs.com I just knew I had to share it with everybody. I’d heard of Agile PM, but it seemed too complicated and I thought there might be too long of a ramp up. But this article has convinced me to take another look because it clearly describes the process in ways that I can immediately adapt to my business – and I’m thinking there is a good chance you’ll be able to do the same. It’s written from a marketing perspective, but in a way you can easily transfer to other types of projects within your small business.
So, if you’re having a “I don’t know where to start” day – you might want to start by clicking the link and reading the Marketing Prof post. I’m glad I did.