Task Management Key 1: Developing the Plan
“So, what’s the plan?” This is the first reaction you will get once a project is assigned. A statement quite trite but true; there should always be a plan. Much attention should be paid to details since ideas will build around them.
This is basically a matter of knowing your customer. Whatever your plan is, focus on what the customer wants, not on your own idea of what is good for the customer. Build your ideas on the customer’s likes and needs; he is in that business because that is what he’s good at. The customer is hiring your company because he knows you have more creative and effective ideas in carrying out his visions.
For how much:
How much income will the project expect to generate? Planning of course will be based not only on current trends but also on historical data. Know what works and what didn’t work on past projects. Gather past sales and costs data to stay on the realistic side. Gather current data and its indexes so you’ll know what premises the team will work on.
Asking how much will also reference your cost limitations; keep in mind the customer's budget. Your cost projections may cost more than what is allotted for the project. Plan on how these two perspectives can meet on the basis of proportion and not merely on projection.
Setting up the time table and the time frame is an essential part of the plan. Progress can be monitored more effectively on target dates so that resources can be maximized.
“What’s plan B?” Never discount the possibility that there will be hitches along the way, Plan on the unexpected; be sure of the uncertainties.