On Nov 5, 2020, at 3:38 PM, Anne B <anne...@gmail.com
> My new project planning parts are:
> 1. title/summary of project
> 2. goal/purpose. why do this project? what problem will it solve? how will you measure whether you’ve solved the problem?
> 3. why do this project now as opposed to in the future? why do it instead of some other project?
> 4. what are the project steps?
> 5. what are the prerequisites? have you done them?
> 6. what resources will you need? do you have those resources?
> 7. what’s the timeline?
> 8. what makes you think you’ll succeed? what’s your track recrod with this kind of thing?
> 9. what could go wrong? brainstorm lots of things that could go wrong and solutions for those problems.
> My tentative plan, once I’m happy with my list of what to include in a project plan, is to do one or two smallish project plans and share them. Those plans will be for projects that I’m considering doing, but I might find after doing a project plan that it doesn’t make sense to do that project at that time or at all. It’s possible I’ll get stuck on making the project plans. Some of the questions seem difficult to answer.
I posted a practice project plan here:
Feedback welcome. This is a first attempt. I’d like to write at least one more.
I pasted it below for reference, but the formatting is nicer if you go to the link.
Project Plan: RSVP
I mostly wrote this as practice in project planning. I may or may not do the project. I used the planning steps in this post.
• title/summary of project
Learn to read with RSVP and then learn to read faster with RSVP.
• goal/purpose. why do this project? what problem will it solve? how will you measure whether you’ve solved the problem?
If I learn to read faster with RSVP, I can read more things in the same amount of time. This solves my problem of lots of things I want to read and not as much time to read them as I’d like. It’s possible that increased reading speed with RSVP will transfer over to increased reading speed with regular print. I don’t know yet what speed would constitute success for the project. I’d first measure how fast I currently read with RSVP. Any improvement would be success. I’d plan to keep speeding up until I can’t any more but my ideas about this are vague.
• why do this project now as opposed to in the future? why do it instead of some other project?
Learning to read faster will help me with all reading I’ll do in the future. Lots of things I want to do in the future involve reading. So doing this project sooner rather than later would help me with more other projects.
• what are the project steps?
Project steps, roughly in order:
• Try some different RSVP apps and compare them. Decide which to use.
• Figure out what content to read and how to get it onto the reader.
• Measure and record my speed at the beginning of the project.
• Decide what speed to aim for and make a note of it. Decide if I have other goals besides speed.
• Figure out a way to keep track of reading speed progress.
• Research tips for how to improve at RSVP.
• Come up with a practice plan and schedule.
• Implement the practice plan, keeping track of reading speed progress.
• Evaluate every week or so: how it’s going, what my progress is, problem/solutions that have come up, whether I’m done yet.
• what are the prerequisites? have you done them?
I included the prerequisites I could think of in the project steps.
• what resources will you need? do you have those resources?
I’ll need time. I may need to pay for one or more reader apps. I may need to pay for reading material. I don’t have a lot of extra time these days. I’ll have to decide what to do less of in order to do this, but I have some ideas. There is plenty of free material for learning on. I may decide that material isn’t very interesting and I’d rather pay for things that I prefer to read. I’m okay with that.
• what’s the timeline?
I’m picturing this project taking a few months.
• what makes you think you’ll succeed? what’s your track record with this kind of thing?
I haven’t completed that many big learning projects. But I did complete some grammar projects. Maybe I should aim for following the plan for a certain amount of time rather than achieving a certain speed.
• what could go wrong? brainstorm things that could go wrong and solutions for those problems.
• I don’t find an app I like at a price I’m okay with.
Look further. Decide to pay more than I originally wanted to. Do a different project instead.
• I don’t find reading material I like at a price I’m okay with that’s available for the app I want to use.
Look further. Read stuff I don’t much want to read, just for the practice. Decide to pay more than I originally wanted to.
• I get bored with the project.
Brainstorm solutions. Get better reading material. Decide not to finish the project.
• I don’t make much progress in improving my speed.
Do more research on how to make progress. See if I can improve something besides speed, like comprehension.
• I find that this project takes too much time from things that are more important to me.
Think about my time priorities. I might end up changing my priorities. I might end up finding something else to drop that would leave more time for this.
• I feel seasick or get a headache or something from reading with RSVP.
Research solutions. Try a different app. Try a different kind of speed reading.