I’ve tried several different methods for managing projects over my 18 year career and have looked into dozens of other methods. I’m intrigued by online project management apps like Base Camp and Fog Bugz. I’m also intrigued by the Scrum Method of project management.
But I’m a minimalist at heart and here’s the system we use to keep organized:
- Write projects with deadlines on dry erase boards that everyone can see. Erase project when done.
I realize bigger projects need more management, but our projects typically last three to four weeks. We also push back on deadlines that are too aggressive. So far, we haven’t missed a deadline and staff meetings take about one beer.
Here are photos of our boards:
Over on the CountingCars.com side of the world, we process our orders everyday. That keeps them easy to manage. Our inventory ordering system is also pretty straightforward: We have a re-order quantity on every bin and we reorder when we get down to that level.
My project management philosophy: Use the most basic system possible to get things done.