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Program Life: Project Baby

October 29, 2012

In the not too distant future I’m getting a new junior resource assigned to my team.  This resource is going to need an incredible amount of support and they are not going to, nor be expected to, pull their own weight whatsoever.

Not only will I have to deal with this added load, I am going have to do so on a smaller budget.  Fortunately, I do have a star player on my team and I know that together we will ultimately come out on top.

Yep, we’re having a baby.

But my wife (the star) and I have been planning this for a long time.  The foundations of our strategy were laid down long ago.  The planning phase commenced soon after.

We employ the continuous improvement model where we assess and improve upon our plan and strategy as we learn and discover new data.

Like with any project; the budget isn’t perfect.  There are too many unknowns to completely define all processes and in parallel we have to execute on supporting infrastructure projects and fear our timelines are going to be prohibitive.

But gold, silver and bronze milestones have been laid out.  We’re tracking fine with the gold ones, i.e. we have a roof over our heads, jobs, financial stability, and so on.

We are slipping slightly with the silver milestones; we need to get some work done around the house, buy some furniture, car seats, etc.

The bronze milestones will likely be the easiest, like buying the baby essentials, and other things to make our home and lives more comfortable, but I know that these things will creep up on us, so can’t take these too lightly.

I suppose the other thing I need to do is shift down a gear at work, eh? 🙂

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One Comment
  1. Love it, Amit. Having executed one of these projects not so long ago, some things to keep in mind…
    1) remember your outcome. Sometimes the “infrastructure” and process get in the way of what’s truly important.
    2) be clear on your roles and responsibilities. Even though you’re not the star, you play a critical part. I like the “star” analogy – a successful star relies on an entourage.
    3) this project is also a journey (no, that doesn’t mean you get to hand it over to operations :p ) Enjoy the process
    4) keep whatever gear you need at work, so long as you keep time and juice for other important stuff
    5) accept that unforeseen circumstances will eventuate. If there’s ever a time you’ll be pushed to grow, this will be one. Do it as a team, like you say, and you’ll do great.
    You guys are going to be ace – as both project managers and parents 🙂

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