Guide to Project Design | Overview
The AdCap Project Designer is your opportunity to create a project that inspires and achieves positive health and wellness changes in your school or community. Using the Designer will help you transform your vision into an actual plan for potential investors and mentors to support. Completing the tiles in the Project Designer will empower you to pioneer your project and succeed! Each tile will help spark your BIG idea to become an inspiring and empowering reality.
Successfully completing the Project Designer tiles will highlight your knowledge of three key elements to any successful project – Knowledge of Self, Project Planning, and Getting Support.
Revisit, Review, Revise
You can hop between tiles and change information as your Project Design starts to unfold. There might be a great idea in a specific tile that inspires you to go back and improve others!
Once you complete every tile, you’ll be ready to submit your project for approval. Before you do that, review it to see if there are any changes or improvements that can be made. It might also be a great opportunity to get a parent, teacher or friend to review it with you to see if it makes sense!
Guide to Project Design | Knowledge of Self
The most successful projects often depend on how well the project planner knows themselves. What are your passions, inspirations and expectations? What gives you a feeling of accomplishment? What kind of leader are you? Being able to leverage your strengths will not only help you focus your attention where it is best suited, but also empower you to compliment your skills with supporters that have different skills to offer.
Guide to Project Design | Project Planning
Creating a plan that includes key deadlines and expectations will allow you to maintain a powerful focus on your project outcomes that matter most. How will you measure the impact of your plan? What are the expectations for change? What logical steps, activities, and events are needed to move your project towards that picture you paint of the future? Potential investors want to know that they are supporting a vision that can become a reality.
Guide to Project Design | Getting Support
Support comes in many ways, shapes, and forms. How will you reach out to get what you need? Collaborating with supporters will put your Project Design in motion and allow more people to contribute toward the success of your project.
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What is it?
Worthwhile projects establish clear and attainable deadlines that indicate progress and success. An effective project manager motivates their team to keep a sharp focus on well-defined and organized expectations. Logistics for events are arranged and confirmed. Communications are well-designed and reach supporters, investors, and other stakeholders in a timely manner. Vendors are paid on time and your team gets feedback quickly in order to keep moving to achieve your expectations.
Key Considerations for Managing Deadlines:
- Set Ambitious but Achievable deadlines: Establish deadlines that give your team enough time to do great work and keep the project moving forward at a pace that enables you to meet your expectations.
- Use cushions and incentives wisely: Projects will see many challenges. Providing flexible deadlines will allow you to respond to things outside of your control that may slow progress. Planning incentives or rewards for meeting deadlines can motivate your team to put in that extra effort to meet a deadline and get closer to achieving success.
- Make deadlines visible and motivating: Calendars, countdowns, motivational notes are all ways to positively remind your team that there is important work to complete. Refocus your team in meetings and communications to empower them to attain success.
Why is it important?
Motivation comes in many forms. Being aware of deadlines helps focus effort and work toward a common goal. These are an important component of the roadmap of your project that will enable you to pioneer your project through new challenges and successes.
How can it help inspire you?
The key to managing deadlines is to see them as opportunities to inspire you and your team. Channeling intensity to use deadlines as inspirational opportunities rather than ominous events will allow your team to work even harder to succeed!