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I have started a project for Kids. I transport them to and from afterschool programs and daycares. I also am tutoring. I would like some feedback for deliverables and project costs and resources as I have created this under Projects on my profile. My BA is from UC Berkeley, my github account is sarikaricky.
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May 10, 2019 8:00 AM
Replying to Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani
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Managing such a project is a little bit tricky. You really need to start from scratch.
Do you have a favorite excel sheet you use to organize your projects?
Thanks.
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Much of what you are describing falls outside the scope of project management, however project management can still be used as a tool set to help you arrive at your objectives.

I would first suggest you create a business plan. While this is outside the scope of the PM role, the same people often perform multiple roles and the business plan provides the justification for initiating projects. There are many elements to a business plan and you could use PM techniques to define the steps you need to develop one, priorities, schedule, etc. to keep you on track.

Once you have a business plan, you can define the work necessary to execute the plan. In this phase, you will have specific deliverables like your client communication plan using Whatsapp or your process of choice. Much of the detailed work itself is again outside the PM scope. The PMBoK describes the process for managing the deliverable development, not how to create the deliverables themselves.

I would suggest a high level schedule because you will probably want some kind of phased approach and some idea when you'll be done. Priorities may include tackling some easy stuff first to start making progress, and there are likely some high priority items like a risk management plan, because anything to do with kids invites a much higher likelihood of legal issues.

I would not try to put together a detailed predictive schedule however. In your case, tackling one problem at a time in a more agile fashion is probably your better option. Things will certainly change as your vision gets more detail, and you can start making improvements, defining processes like client acquisition, etc. before you’ve figured out what you need to change next. Again, how you create those deliverables is outside the PM role, but how you manage their development and execution is a PM function.

I hope that helps somewhat.
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May 10, 2019 10:32 PM
Sarika Mirchandani
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hI!
Any resources you would recommend for making a business plan?
Ill check out the pembok for deliverables.
I also spoke with some people I find at java ui classes, tutoring places, they are all interested but I would have to write everything out, including need cars that run like lyft/uber for kids
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May 10, 2019 1:31 PM
Replying to Sarika Mirchandani
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I don't think my project is temporary, but it all depends on funding. Is it creating something unique? Yes because I would be project managing for kids.
A project is an endeavour where you create a unique product, service or result within a specific timeframe. In your case, what you have is not a project but a business which is more operational in nature.

Your offering may be unique but you will be delivering it over and over again, as long as the demand works in your favour. You should manage it as a business, not a project.

As Keith mentioned, project management is simply a tailored version of general management. The main difference is that you simply cycle through the management groups over and over again. The management areas are pretty much the same.
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May 10, 2019 2:47 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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Much of what you are describing falls outside the scope of project management, however project management can still be used as a tool set to help you arrive at your objectives.

I would first suggest you create a business plan. While this is outside the scope of the PM role, the same people often perform multiple roles and the business plan provides the justification for initiating projects. There are many elements to a business plan and you could use PM techniques to define the steps you need to develop one, priorities, schedule, etc. to keep you on track.

Once you have a business plan, you can define the work necessary to execute the plan. In this phase, you will have specific deliverables like your client communication plan using Whatsapp or your process of choice. Much of the detailed work itself is again outside the PM scope. The PMBoK describes the process for managing the deliverable development, not how to create the deliverables themselves.

I would suggest a high level schedule because you will probably want some kind of phased approach and some idea when you'll be done. Priorities may include tackling some easy stuff first to start making progress, and there are likely some high priority items like a risk management plan, because anything to do with kids invites a much higher likelihood of legal issues.

I would not try to put together a detailed predictive schedule however. In your case, tackling one problem at a time in a more agile fashion is probably your better option. Things will certainly change as your vision gets more detail, and you can start making improvements, defining processes like client acquisition, etc. before you’ve figured out what you need to change next. Again, how you create those deliverables is outside the PM role, but how you manage their development and execution is a PM function.

I hope that helps somewhat.
hI!
Any resources you would recommend for making a business plan?
Ill check out the pembok for deliverables.
I also spoke with some people I find at java ui classes, tutoring places, they are all interested but I would have to write everything out, including need cars that run like lyft/uber for kids
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You should be able to find a variety of business plan template online. You will want to search for something that works for your type of business and your need. For example, if you plan to use it to get money from a bank, they will be expecting specific areas to be covered in your business plan: market analysis, cash flow projections, risk analysis and so on.
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May 10, 2019 1:31 PM
Replying to Sarika Mirchandani
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I don't think my project is temporary, but it all depends on funding. Is it creating something unique? Yes because I would be project managing for kids.
I actually don't think there is a lack of demand. I have people coming out of my ears. But what I am having trouble with is the economics of it, like payments that are very high from some people and very low so I might not take this offer kind of thing. So the $$$ fluctuating that much is hard to deal with and I would have to work on the payments so that they are enough but I might just get another job soon. I passed my PMP inhouse exam 80 percent but the real thing I haven't tackled yet.
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