For those of you transitioning from the corporate world to the homestead, I have prepared this helpful guide, dual homed with one foot in a Muck Boot and the other in a Wingtip Oxford.
- A SWOT analysis can frame realistic expectations of what deliverables can be realized: grow what grows well in your area.
- Partner with customers to develop a use case and functional specification that maximizes delivered value: grow what you eat a lot of.
- A managed build out of capabilities that is right-sized around any given iteration is preferable to boiling the ocean: start small and build a little at a time.
- Don’t be afraid to prototype and showcase some quick ROI to your partners with some low risk, low hanging fruit: start with something easy!
- Develop a scalable executable architecture prior to construction and be prepared to circle back and descope in case of resource constraints: plan your garden with growth in mind and don’t worry if you don’t get it all done right away.
- Level set with key stakeholders during inception to drive participation in lights-on: get your family to help with stuff like watering.
- Remember that going-forward you will need productionalizable processes to maintain your infrastructure: take care to maintain good soil quality.
- Leveraging project synergies can mitigate threats around deliverable viability: companion planting and crop rotation can help.
- Get visibility into potential resource contention roadblocks with a Gantt chart or other project management tool: you can’t plant a bed you haven’t harvested yet.
- A comprehensive schedule management strategy is necessary to avoid schedule slippage and missed deliverables: you have to plant on time.
- Outsourcing can mitigate risks associated with minor schedule slip at the risk of increased spend: if you don’t plant on time, buy some starts, but it’ll cost more.
- Maintain touchpoints during the project lifecycle to determine the need for drill-down around potential delivery risks in the red zone: keep an eye on your crops and the weather so you don’t lose a harvest.
- Have an exit strategy that avoids missed deliverables due to a project hard-stop prior to reaching the milestone to exit into transition phase: get your stuff out of the ground before it rots or freezes.
- Get together for a mindshare with the community to spitball solutions and best practices: try joining a gardening club.
Now to all of you, business-speak fluent or not, I end with this note: get out there, leverage your core competencies, manage your timelines, meet your milestones, make your deliverables. This blog post is available in .ppt and .pptx format upon request.