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    A Case Study in Project Management

    John A. Wojtecki
    Doctor John A. Wojtecki has 45 years of experience in Human Resources, Safety, and Training serving the toy, food, plastics, steel, and office furniture industries. John operates his own consulting business and is a Certified Facilitator in Real Colors. He is a volunteer with the Quad Cities Mediation Service. He posts monthly on his LinkedIn account.

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    Last summer, I shared about my redoing an outside screened-in-porch that had hardwood floors. This past week, I had the opportunity to see how this floor weathered the winter. Good news to report.

    The floor held up wonderfully to the rigors of winter. I even had the opportunity to see how much snow fell on this floor during a one-inch snow. About half of the floor was covered in snow. I am still questioning why someone (who built the home) would use hardwood for a porch that is exposed to the weather.

    I feel pretty good about refinishing the floor last year. I learned what to, and what not to do when planning and implementing such a project, so much so, that I will be doing another floor. Here goes John again on another unusual experience. This is not something I have to do, but want to do. This time, it will be the living room. There will be less square footage with more furniture to move. I was in a bit of a hurry for the porch project. One of the changes will be to allow more time for project stages. Rather than several days, this project should take a week to 10 days.

    Spring will be a perfect time to complete this task. Windows will be open, so there will be a cross-breeze, and no outside conditions (rain on the floor during the completion of the last project) to complicate things. When watching one of the home-improvement shows over the winter, I watched the painters using a painters’ tape for edging. My number two improvement for this project. The third improvement then will be for me to plan using project management software, and develop a project management checklist. In your business, your home improvement tasks, and/or your projects, thinking through each project allows for ample review and anticipation of issues without missing important details.

    All free and subscription software have both advantages and disadvantages. Our favorite editor has used a subscription software called Basecamp with wonderful results. Doing research on free project management software, I found a site called the Blueprint (A Motley Fool Service). One of the headlines was “What to Look For In a Free Project Management Software.” The first item to look for is that core functionality still exists. It would appear Blueprint has seen several sites where important features have a paywall. The second and third items to look for were (2) offered at least five users and (3) did not expire after a pre-determined time period.

    Blueprint featured eight free sites, (1) Freedcamp, (2) Clickup, (3) Trello, (4) Airtable, (5) Basecamp (both free and charged sites), (6) Asana, (7) Podio, and (8) Microsoft To Do. I was searching for a Microsoft application and had difficulty finding one. Blueprint had the Microsoft application. The author shared using the app when they moved from Washington, D.C. to Portland, Oregon. This is going to be a great case-study!

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