What you know you know and what you know you don’t know. What you don’t know you do know and what you don’t know you don’t know.
Build an informed project plan by identifying the unknown unknowns, what you didn’t know you didn’t know.
A project plan isn’t a document, it’s the understanding that put it together, understanding is then held in mind. As with a risk assessment, it’s better written by the people that use it.
Think it through thoroughly, measure it up twice, do it properly once and you’ll avoid a plumbers Monday. Assemble the things around the job, plan each tasks, how it’s done and what you’ll need, materials, equipment and knowledge and experience.
Working out what’s involved is an essential part of job. At what level will you engage with the process of your project. Using consultancy and a project manage may be the best use of your limited time or you may with to plan and run your own project, employing contractor to tender to you specification. You may may wish to undertake the works your self taking on a little extra labour when necessary. Getting to grips with the tools and tacking small repair and maintenance issue is a great way to quickly up-skill while planning larger projects.
Once an appropriate design and specification has been evaluated, materials can be quantified, required equipment listed, skills and logistics scheduled. Knowing how much stuff you need will determine how many times you’ll be up and down the stairs providing a realistic view to how long your project will take. Forgetting rubble sacks or overlooking a dust pan and brush is a expensive over sight when time is money and the right people are on site.
Breaking your project up into manageable section that focus on one process at a time, putting gaps between processes will prevent thing falling behind and allow opportunities to be taken not lost. The best layer plans need to be open to change, slow down and enjoy tidying up and putting thins away before stating the next task, time on a broom is time to reflect. The project is assemble out of the things that surround it, it is a process not a product.
Writing an informed plan requires breaking things down and compiling information to fill in the unknowns. Writing a properly informed project plan to change a tap washer is transferable to building a new extension or a whole house refurbishment.