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PM methodology in one's personal life
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Hi All,

Have you implemented any of the tools and techniques of the PM methodology to make aspects in your personal life easier?

I don't mean just the non-work aspects - maybe even some mundane work activities such as email management?

Please do share - it will allow us all to learn from one another!
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Karan,
I used EMV, Affinity diagram, risk/reward ratio & regression analysis especially regression channels. How about you?
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2 replies by Karan Shah
Feb 12, 2018 11:38 PM
Karan Shah
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[REPLY-TO] I used EMV, Affinity diagram, risk/reward ratio & regression analysis especially regression channels.

Interesting! In what scenarios do these help?
Feb 12, 2018 11:49 PM
Karan Shah
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[REPLY-TO] How about you?

I have a lot of small examples.

- I primarily use scheduling methodologies for everything. For example, I have created an MS Excel-based work to-do list which calculates a priority rating for every task (based on importance, duration (using t-shirt sizing), and due date of each task) and shows me only the next task I should take up. This allows me to focus on one deliverable at a time.

- At home, I manufacture task dependencies to allow me to follow the same algorithm.

- When we were looking to shift, we used a full-fledged project selection approach by rating every contending house on various parameters (cost, proximity to work, condition, amenities, etc.) and reviewing the scores to shortlist our best possible options.

- The wife and I have a specific RACI for anything related to household -- we've distributed our responsibilities accordingly and are able to distribute all activities, chores, tasks, etc. evenly.

- I use the ROI calculations for deciding on investment options (granted, this was its original purpose! but I found affinity to these methods only after learning it during my early career and during the PMP preparation).

- I keep two sets of informal "lessons learnt" journals (one for personal, one for professional) introspection and review.

...And so on.
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Feb 12, 2018 10:48 PM
Replying to Riyadh Salih
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Karan,
I used EMV, Affinity diagram, risk/reward ratio & regression analysis especially regression channels. How about you?
[REPLY-TO] I used EMV, Affinity diagram, risk/reward ratio & regression analysis especially regression channels.

Interesting! In what scenarios do these help?
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Feb 13, 2018 1:59 PM
Riyadh Salih
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Hello Karan
They help in scalping the market.
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Feb 12, 2018 10:48 PM
Replying to Riyadh Salih
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Karan,
I used EMV, Affinity diagram, risk/reward ratio & regression analysis especially regression channels. How about you?
[REPLY-TO] How about you?

I have a lot of small examples.

- I primarily use scheduling methodologies for everything. For example, I have created an MS Excel-based work to-do list which calculates a priority rating for every task (based on importance, duration (using t-shirt sizing), and due date of each task) and shows me only the next task I should take up. This allows me to focus on one deliverable at a time.

- At home, I manufacture task dependencies to allow me to follow the same algorithm.

- When we were looking to shift, we used a full-fledged project selection approach by rating every contending house on various parameters (cost, proximity to work, condition, amenities, etc.) and reviewing the scores to shortlist our best possible options.

- The wife and I have a specific RACI for anything related to household -- we've distributed our responsibilities accordingly and are able to distribute all activities, chores, tasks, etc. evenly.

- I use the ROI calculations for deciding on investment options (granted, this was its original purpose! but I found affinity to these methods only after learning it during my early career and during the PMP preparation).

- I keep two sets of informal "lessons learnt" journals (one for personal, one for professional) introspection and review.

...And so on.
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3 replies by Bala S Duvvuri, Mayte Mata-Sivera, and Rami Kaibni
Feb 13, 2018 12:00 AM
Rami Kaibni
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That looks like an ideal PM Life Style - Good for you Karan !
Feb 13, 2018 12:11 AM
Bala S Duvvuri
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Karan,

Do you mind sharing excel based to-do list @ b_duvvuri@yahoodotcom as it sounds interesting

Thanks
Bala
Feb 13, 2018 1:57 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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I can't imagine having a RACI at home...
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Feb 12, 2018 11:49 PM
Replying to Karan Shah
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[REPLY-TO] How about you?

I have a lot of small examples.

- I primarily use scheduling methodologies for everything. For example, I have created an MS Excel-based work to-do list which calculates a priority rating for every task (based on importance, duration (using t-shirt sizing), and due date of each task) and shows me only the next task I should take up. This allows me to focus on one deliverable at a time.

- At home, I manufacture task dependencies to allow me to follow the same algorithm.

- When we were looking to shift, we used a full-fledged project selection approach by rating every contending house on various parameters (cost, proximity to work, condition, amenities, etc.) and reviewing the scores to shortlist our best possible options.

- The wife and I have a specific RACI for anything related to household -- we've distributed our responsibilities accordingly and are able to distribute all activities, chores, tasks, etc. evenly.

- I use the ROI calculations for deciding on investment options (granted, this was its original purpose! but I found affinity to these methods only after learning it during my early career and during the PMP preparation).

- I keep two sets of informal "lessons learnt" journals (one for personal, one for professional) introspection and review.

...And so on.
That looks like an ideal PM Life Style - Good for you Karan !
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1 reply by Karan Shah
Feb 13, 2018 12:49 AM
Karan Shah
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Thanks, Rami! There are a lot of good practices which can be implemented on a small scale and make life easier.
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Feb 12, 2018 11:49 PM
Replying to Karan Shah
...
[REPLY-TO] How about you?

I have a lot of small examples.

- I primarily use scheduling methodologies for everything. For example, I have created an MS Excel-based work to-do list which calculates a priority rating for every task (based on importance, duration (using t-shirt sizing), and due date of each task) and shows me only the next task I should take up. This allows me to focus on one deliverable at a time.

- At home, I manufacture task dependencies to allow me to follow the same algorithm.

- When we were looking to shift, we used a full-fledged project selection approach by rating every contending house on various parameters (cost, proximity to work, condition, amenities, etc.) and reviewing the scores to shortlist our best possible options.

- The wife and I have a specific RACI for anything related to household -- we've distributed our responsibilities accordingly and are able to distribute all activities, chores, tasks, etc. evenly.

- I use the ROI calculations for deciding on investment options (granted, this was its original purpose! but I found affinity to these methods only after learning it during my early career and during the PMP preparation).

- I keep two sets of informal "lessons learnt" journals (one for personal, one for professional) introspection and review.

...And so on.
Karan,

Do you mind sharing excel based to-do list @ b_duvvuri@yahoodotcom as it sounds interesting

Thanks
Bala
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1 reply by Karan Shah
Feb 13, 2018 12:46 AM
Karan Shah
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I'll go one better! I've submitted a request to the site admins to allow me to contribute this sheet as a template on this site.
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Feb 13, 2018 12:11 AM
Replying to Bala S Duvvuri
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Karan,

Do you mind sharing excel based to-do list @ b_duvvuri@yahoodotcom as it sounds interesting

Thanks
Bala
I'll go one better! I've submitted a request to the site admins to allow me to contribute this sheet as a template on this site.
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1 reply by Kevin Drake
Feb 13, 2018 7:51 AM
Kevin Drake
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Let's know once it is posted
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Feb 13, 2018 12:00 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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That looks like an ideal PM Life Style - Good for you Karan !
Thanks, Rami! There are a lot of good practices which can be implemented on a small scale and make life easier.
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Great answers so far... I am sure that everyone uses Expert Judgement to get opinions in different matters.
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1 reply by Karan Shah
Feb 13, 2018 10:19 PM
Karan Shah
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Absolutely! That, as well!
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that template will be interesting to watch out for.
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1 reply by Karan Shah
Feb 13, 2018 10:20 PM
Karan Shah
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Thanks, Sante. The site admins have responded. I just have to pretty up the template and submit it for their review.
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I maintain a personal To-Do list as a project schedule in Microsoft Project. I use it to manage the many small things I need to do at work that can't be considered actual project tasks. Keeping these in a schedule helps me perform these things in the most efficient order, and helps track the dependencies that often appear between them. For example, I might need to get Stakeholder A's decision about a small matter that affects a task, but Stakeholder A can't render it until Stakeholder B provides her feedback about a separate but related matter. However, Stakeholder B will be out of the office on personal leave for the next three days...
In this way I can track small things, and take action to keep them from delaying my project. This schedule also enables me to use my time effectively by focusing only on matters I can impact, while saving other matters until another time.
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1 reply by Karan Shah
Feb 13, 2018 10:21 PM
Karan Shah
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This sounds very interesting! I never thought of using MS Project (did not have access to the application back in the day).

But a good, strong approach to help focus and prioritise. Thanks!
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