My biggest challenge is that I have eight distinct speaking commitments within a two-week delivery period starting in late September. The topic of change is the same but the objectives, audiences and formats are different. How am I going to create so many sessions in such a short period of time?
I have decided to use a builder's approach to doing so much with so little time:
- Start with a macro view of all projects - take a big picture view across all projects to identify similarities and differences
- Aggregate common activities - it is more effective and efficient to complete like tasks
- Draw out the work - blueprints aren't Word text documents, they are pictures
- Reuse blueprints - reuse component parts if they meet the specifications of the job
- Test your work with a peer - quick draft reviews take less time and are more productive than long solo design sessions
- Compartmentalize delivery - the second presentation is irrelevant to the first audience so meet the first deadline first
- Capture learnings, then move on - document what worked and didn't and then move on to the next deadline - the clock is ticking
I am at the blueprinting phase of my work and already feel a sense of momentum. My projects are informing each other, and the thinking is consistent among them. Each one is customized but with a common foundation. It feels like the builder analogy is working.