Adapting PM Techniques and Templates to a Mini-Project

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Abstract
We're often asked how much project management is too much, especially for projects that range from just a few days to a few weeks long at most. Can you use project management techniques on short or small projects without burying everyone in paperwork? This case study elaborates on how one of our non-PMs applied various PM techniques and tools to a time-bounded, mission-critical, ultra-small project -- her family vacation.


What this is

We're often asked how much project management is too much, especially for projects that range from just a few days to a few weeks long at most. So how much is too much? We decided to put it to the test with a real-world trial everyone could relate to. This case study elaborates on how one of our non-PMs applied various PM techniques and tools to a time-bounded, mission-critical, ultra-small project -- her family vacation. (Yes, we're completely serious.)


Why it's useful

It's a fun take on what project management looks like when applied to something most people wouldn't even think of as a project, and proof that it really can be done without going overboard.


How to use it

  • Read through the case study to see how the various tools and techniques were applied to this ultra-mini, non-project project. Look for parallels between the described trip and the mini-projects on your desk that everyone insists "don't need project management." (You know better.)
  • See the "deliverables" linked throughout the case study for examples of what project documents look like when you're just barely trying to just barely manage things.
  • Adopt those low-level, streamlined tools for your own mini-projects, or use them as inspiration for right-sizing the deliverables on your more day-to-day project efforts.


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