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Why pregnancy is like project management – part 3

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Following on from part 2….

Congratulations you’ve passed Stage 1 and Stage 2 and have been cleared to move to Stage 3 – arguably the most difficult stage to date.

Your steering committee consists of your obstetrician, midwife, phlebotomist, nurse and any other interested person who feels like sticking their nose in. An added bonus is discovering a whole bunch of key stakeholders you didn’t know existed, but who like to ensure their opinion is heard.

Your project sponsor (if you have one) is the “lucky” spouse or partner.

Stage 3 brief

Deliver the project. Don’t care how, or when – just get it done!


Due to the imminent due date of said project, KPIs are now to be reported fortnightly and post 34 weeks, will drop to weekly. As if you’re not busy enough!

  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Any other symptoms

Unofficial KPIs that you, the project manager, may find yourself measuring:

  • Number of times you call the delivery suite in a panic
  • Minutes of sleep you get in a 24 hour period without needing to go to the loo
  • How long it takes you to get to said loo
  • How long until the whole thing is over


This stage is due to take 12 weeks, but this can change at any time. Prepare for the unexpected.


Budget, what budget? You’ll buy everything you think you need plus loads of things you think you’ll need, but will never be used (baby wipe warmer, anyone?)


The post project implementation review will take place approximately six weeks post project delivery. See you on the other side… Good luck, you’re going to need it!

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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