What experience do you have in project management and project planning?
I entered into my LIS studies as a second career having spent a decade (or so) having worked in film/video and television production. I gained quite a bit of experience in the realm of project management as the consistent role I marketed myself as was that of a Production Manager. I worked on hundreds of television commercials, independent film projects, and even the comedy cult puppet show MST3K in that role. One impression shared through the NINCH readings was the reminders regarding the need for preparing and anticipating future challenges. We’ve already dwelled on issues in this course about whether the personnel will be changing throughout the life-cycle of a project, what standards should be agreed upon, updates in technology anticipated, and how many issues can be addressed in the planning stage.
Throughout my previous career, I often heard co-workers use of the adage “Remember the 7P’s” Roughly speaking:
Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance or Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Pardon the mild expletive, doubtlessly placed there to make it all the more memorable. The phrase does stress the outcome of not having adequate pre-production or pre-planning related to any project. When working on film/video productions we spent weeks prepping for a one day shoot, striving to ensure that we had every possible issue that might arise addressed ahead of time with contingencies, alternate strategies, and available options. We knew that day of the shoot we would be burning through money with our hired crew, locations, and equipment, so we had to be prepared for everything. This experience is instructive to a digital library in that one must begin with asking “what can go wrong?” and “what if this happens?” questions from the get go. If we don’t spend time considering these eventualities ahead of time before we involve more people and resources, we can certainly face consequences.
Spend the time, Remember the 7P’s.