Evaluating and improving my project planning?
I have concluded that I am a klutz when it comes to project planning, and weaker yet, in collaborative project planning when those of us working together are starting from scratch or I know more than the other person conceptually or practically but do not have the vocabulary at a fluent level. I seem to do best when I have quantitative information at hand or maybe that just shuts people up because they assume that if you speak numbers you know more than they do!
I am good at the outcome statement part, but it takes me quite a few tries to get to a well-formulated verbally expressed outcome or drawing/diagram/design and I have to keep re-tying my actions to the desired outcome or they take on lives of their own.
I do best if I work backwards, with pen in hand and an annotated calendar in sight.
If I don't sketch out the sequence of actions, I may go off and smell the flowers, forget where I am and what I am doing and why. A large percentage of the time, this payoffs in other projects that are moved forward, like wandering around the hardware store to find the right saw blade and getting a bunch of other stuff bought or specified that is not even on the SDMB list, such as far off birthday presents, color samples, etc.
Does anyway have any ideas on concepts, books, quizzes, etc for evaluating one's own skills in project planning, how to improve, and how to improve in working collaboratively in project planning