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Your Problem and Stakeholders

We, our lives, are a work in progress…. hmmm sounds a lot like a project! I love projects. I love managing projects. I love life. I love being the manager of my own life! Project Management (and life) is all about outcomes and minimizing risk to your project (uh, life). Here are some basic concepts of Project Management. Stakeholders Needs Vision Priorities Plan, Goals, Objectives, Milestones, Tasks, Work breakdown People and Resources, durations, availability The Critical Path, Dependencies Communication Time, Money, Quality Issues and Risks That sounds a lot like life.

Why should one continuously improve in life or in general?

 “You’re not important because you look good or because you have a whole lot of money. You’re important because you are created by God.” – Mos Def That’s the bottom line. In the time space continuum you are as important as any other person. You are important because you are a beneficiary and stakeholder of life. You are an investor and recipient of your will and you deserve any gap in your life filled. Fulfilling those gaps first begins with a problem statement, identifying the stakeholders, identifying needs, having a vision or plan and executing an action plan.

“You’re not important because you look good or because you have a whole lot of money. You’re important because you are created by God.” – Mos Def

That’s the bottom line. In the time space continuum you are as important as any other person. You are important because you are a beneficiary and stakeholder of life. You are an investor and recipient of your will and you deserve any gap in your life filled. Fulfilling those gaps first begins with a problem statement, identifying the stakeholders, identifying needs, having a vision or plan and executing an action plan.

Problem Statement

The first step in getting help is admitting that there is a problem and that you need help. Examples of problem statements: “I’m overweight, I’m not comfortable” “I drink too much, I’m not connected” “I don’t get enough sleep, I’m worried” “My house is filthy, I’m depressed” “I’m scared at home, I’m abused” “I’m busy doing nothing meaningful, I feel lost” “I’m broke, I can’t pay my bills” This is not a new concept whether in writing scientific studies or going to Alcohol Anonymous. Why does it work. Because it helps you identify “what success means”, what progress is, and other problems, Assess the problem. What does the problem impact? What is the urgency? Who does the problem and resolution impact?

Stakeholders

Stakeholders are people or groups who can affect, who are affected by or who perceive to be affected by the decisions, activities and outcomes of a project. That is, your life.  They often identify needs or things to do.  They can be responsible, accountable, consulted or informed of various aspects.

Examples of stakeholders.  It’s important to remember that in life you are the number one stakeholder and you play a bold role in each. I bolded it for you :).

Owner – Identifies the problem or the project.  Take authority!

Sponsor – Funds the project and thus has authority.  Take authority!

Manager – Manages the project thru critical paths to meet goals. Plan and make goals!

Senior Manager – Managers that the managers report up to. Be held accountable!

Customers – People that depend on outcomes from the project.  Be responsible!

Team Members – Resource who assists in the planning or execution. Communicate!

Resource Managers – Managers who are responsible for resources.  Network!

Subcontractors – Resource who are funded as subset of tasks. Leverage!

Consultants – Resources who advise. Get advice and mentors! 

During the project or project phases, stakeholders and roles change, new people are added and some are no longer around.  Although changes can be hard to accept some times, they should be expected.  And sometimes it’s for the best.

The most important stakeholder is yourself.  You are not all that you have but you are the one constant that relates them all.

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