The Way of PM: Special, mental magic! Project mind map.

Typical situation

I think you already know that most people who became known as Project Managers, for example Henrik Kniberg, use boards and cover walls with a lot of colorful papers?

Today, friends, we learn how to do magic and grab a cloud of thoughts with your hands, and then make them material and neatly put in order.

This will help visualize what happens to the projects, forget nothing, conduct daily meetings easily and unload the head. Having carried out most of the information on a white board.

Believe me, when you with different teams will create several different games at the same time and at the same time control advertising campaigns and find new employees, and deadlines will get closer and closer, the head will simply swell from the amount of information. Completely depriving you, at the same time, the ability to think and act creatively.

At times it will seem that your head will soon explode.

mind map main

So let’s remember

In the past eleven lessons, I told that this is a course for those who want to get a quick start in the specialty of Project Manager.

That the project differs from the process in that it has a specific measurable goal, is localized in time and in resources, the Project Manager is the specialist responsible for the successful implementation of the project.

You described the goal for 1 year and realized that for the Customer the project is the embodiment of a dream. I advised you to make an alarm clock, sending you to sleep and shared the technique of auto-training for recreation.

We learned that time management is the skill of managing time, taking into account priorities. And planned the next week.

I told you how the main part of the work will pass. You learned about the history of Chris Gardner and the “Window of Opportunities” on getting the first experience in IT.

In the fifth lesson

We reviewed an example of a resume that you write separately for each company and each post.

You understood that employment should be viewed as a project, with all the features of analysis, planning and monitoring of implementation. Formed a personal offer for employers and learned about the importance of communication with HR-managers.

In the sixth session

We talked about where we should start by finding a new company. On the need to consider and write down the principles of the personal constitution, dividing them by roles.

I talked about the need to identify and record the expectations of the authorities and colleagues.

Then I recommended walking with colleagues on pizza or beer, and also told that teambuilding is obtained only when the team together overcomes difficulties, on the way to the goal.

Then he gave a list of questions to be resolved on the first working day. And also recommendations for studying and writing business processes.

Now let’s deal with the white board.

It’s a cloud, no it’s an octopus. No, it’s a Mind Map!

The thing that I’m drawing on the board looks like a strange molecule. Or an octopus. And maybe the cloud.

But in fact it is a Mind map.

Mind map – a diagram on which words, ideas, tasks or other elements are displayed. They are located radially around the basic idea or word.

This diagram is used to capture and generate ideas and the state of work, structuring and classifying thoughts. It is used as an auxiliary element during meetings, for making decisions and training employees.

Personally, my friends, this scheme is evolving and gradually, as our game-studio creates more and more games and applications, it is supplemented with new elements.

Let’s look at how it looks today

To do this, let’s imagine that there are the following initial data, which you need to turn from a cloud of thoughts into an understandable scheme:

  • 7 Unity developers (one is sick)
  • 2 backend developers
  • 3 illustrators (one broke the tablet)
  • 2 3D modelers
  • 1 tester (you need one more)
  • 1 translator-copywriter
  • Project number 1. Deadline in 4 days. The customer did not pay for the server, the work has not started yet.
  • Project number 2. Deadline in 11 days. Demonstration of MVP in 2 days.
  • Project number 3. Deadline in 8 days. You need an application to view statistics.
  • Project No. 4 Deadline in 118 days. Backlog from the plan for 15 days.
  • Moving one team to another office. There’s no furniture.
  • A trip of illustrators to the seminar. Record the learning outcomes.

Here’s how I display it in a schematic:

mind map

A bit more detailed view

As you can see in the center of the name of the month from it go to the arrows to the projects. Subprojects branch off from projects.

Under the name of each project I write the dates of the beginning of work and deadline.

Right and above, I write the names of developers working on this project.

Below I write down the main stages of the work that need to be done.

Then I write problems or the important questions which need to be solved.

Together with working projects here I write down the projects accompanying the work too. For example: moving to a new office and a trip to the conference. Because these are also projects that you must successfully complete.

A particular advantage is that you can explain to your manager how to read this Mind Map and he will be better informed about the progress of your activities and successes on projects.

mind map board

As a conclusion

I hope this article will help you better plan and control the development of your games and applications leaving more time for rest.

“Labor without rest is not a virtue, but a punishment for the unfortunate planning of its time”

James Fenimore Cooper.

I tried to write this article so that it was interesting and useful for you. I wish you multimillion-dollar sales of your game and easy to communicate customers.

With you was Einar and the online school of the company “Take Games”!

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P.S. The list of articles in this series:

  1. The Way of PM
  2. How to walk this path – self motivation
  3. “Time Lords” time-management for PM
  4. Where to start your Way of Project Manager?
  5. The Way of PM: Employment in practice. Your resume.
  6. The Way of PM: In a new place!
  7. The Way of PM – Let’s become rich!
  8. The Way of PM Let’s become rich! Part 2
  9. The Way of PM: Papers and teams. Be a leader
  10. The Way of PM: Different people working in the same studio.
  11. The Way of PM: Workplace and business processes
  12. The Way of PM: Special, mental magic! Mind map
  13. The Way of PM: Estimation of the project. How not to fail.
  14. 4 falling graphics. Only one is good Burndown Chart.

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