Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Happy one month anniversary to me!

Well, today marks the first month of my new job and how the weeks have flown by without my making many blog posts.  I am so busy both at work and home that I just don't know where the time goes (well I do, but I'm not going to bore you with it).

After the first two weeks were primarily spent identifiying and meeting stakeholders, the next two weeks were focused around collecting the information for the development of the Project Initiation Document that had to be in on Wednesday 8th October.  I was able to use much of the input from the one-to-one stakeholder meetings I had but we also held a project kick-off workshop and used this to get ideas from everyone together to address things like objectives, constraints, risks, benefits, deliverables, and assumptions.  This proved very worthwhile as it helped create that shared understanding about the project and was a great input into the PID.

I actually had to write two of them, one for the local council project and one for the wider programme across all councils.  The more I worked on the latter one the more I realised it was really a programme definition document according to OGC's 'Managing Successful Programmes'.  I recently bought the book although I've not finished reading it yet so I was making a lot of reference to it as I wrote this document.  Nothing like learning through doing is there? ;)

Now that the first milestone is out of the way and I've developed the project plan that we will be working to, it's time to start making things happen.  I guess this is when the REAL challenge begins...


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