The Imagine Projects management service methodology is outlined below.
There is nothing complicated about the project life cycle that we have adopted for small projects.
We use an acronym from the word IMAGINE.
Our methodology is consistent with that found in the Pmbock Guide (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and the Institute of Project Management.
I = Inception phase
M = Map or planning phase
A = Action or carrying out the work
G = Governing or monitoring and controlling the work phase
I = Identify the project team
N = Nurture the project team
E = End and close the project
So, we begin with the inception phase or process
1: Inception process At the project inception phase imagination and inspiration are key factors. Imagine what your project may look like, what it might achieve, who might be involved. Important aspects to include during the inception process are:
a: Authorisation – who will ultimately grant permission for the project to begin?
b: Initial scope – what do you want to include in your project, how much money may you need (Budget) and who will be involved (stakeholders)
2: Mapping out the journey – The project planning process. This is the most important process and quality time spent on this process will reap great rewards. Planning is vital for any project, small, medium or large.
a: planning the scope of the project
b: planning the schedule
c: planning the costs
d: planning the quality
e: planning the team members
f: planning how you will communicate
g: planning the buying
h: planning how to manage the risk
3: Action – following your map as you do the work
So, having spent some quality time planning your project using the steps outlined above. Whatever the project is a community café or some form of building project the basic procedures are the same.
It is really important to stay with your map and don’t deviate from the plan without considering the implications.
Break your project down into small sections. We call this the WBS or the Work Breakdown Structure. Bit size chunks of work. Easy to manage and control.
4: Governing the work or monitoring and controlling. This process is also important because it will enable you to as it stay on track and not deviate from your map and get lost or bogged down in detail.
5: Identify and Nurture your team. People are the most important resource available to all projects. Good project management has a pastoral aspect to it. You want people to flourish and nurture them in their jobs. You will do well and your project will be an outstanding success.
6: E = Ending the project. All projects have a start and end point. Ending a project and handing the piece of work over to the customer is really important.
Signaling the end of a project through some form of suitable event is always good practice. Another good habit to get into is making a note of the lessons you have learnt through the life cycle of your project
This diagram illustrates the flow from phase to phase until the project is complete: