Why pregnancy is like project management – part 1

Written by Rhona Aylward


Rhona is Deputy Everything Officer at Psoda, where she does everything except code. After starting life as a microbiologist she moved into PMO leadership roles around the world before settling in New Zealand with her family.
Congratulations, you’ve discovered you’re pregnant (received the signed business case) and now the biggest project of your career is about to kick off. Welcome to stage 1, you are about to grow a brand new human! Your steering committee consists of your obstetrician, midwife, phlebotomist, nurse and any other interested person that feels like sticking their nose in. Your project sponsor (if you have one) is the “lucky” spouse or partner.

Stage 1 brief

Get through the first 13 weeks without killing yourself or someone else.

KPIs

To be reported to your steering committee on a monthly basis:
  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
Unofficial KPIs that you, the project manager, may find yourself measuring:
  • How many times a day you vomit
  • How many times a day you wee
  • How many times a day you want to make this whole thing stop and go away

Schedule

This stage is due to take 13 weeks.

Budget

Zero, you won’t feel like leaving the house, never mind spending money.

Review

Stage 1 gate review to move on to stage 2 at 12 week scan. Tune in in three months for the stage 2 summary…or click here to jump ahead In the meantime, remember that project management doesn’t have to be as laborious as childbirth…  Psoda has the tools to help you deliver your project on time, on budget and without the need for medical professionals! Sign up for a free trial by clicking on the big red free trial button at the top of the page

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