- Understand the relationship between understanding process and project execution.
- Understand how choosing the right tools and information impact successful execution.
- Define a process and articulate its underlying assumptions.
- Understand the relationship between assumptions and process.
- Practice working in teams to compare ideas and reach consensus.
Anticipating all the fun we will all have in this course, we have decided to plan an end-of-semester party right now! No other details have been decided.
Step 1: Individual Planning (5 minutes)
- Make a list of at least five assumptions about the details of the party (i.e., the location, the timing, etc.).
- Create a task list for the planning and execution of the party consistent with those assumptions.
Step 2: Group Planning: Comparing Notes (5 minutes)
- In your groups, compare your assumptions about the party.
- What assumptions were common across your group members?
- Where did they differ?
- Now compare your task lists.
- How did your task list differences come from difference in your assumptions?
Step 3: Group Planning: Create a Party Plan (20 minutes)
- Create a single set of assumptions on the details of the party.
- Which assumptions need to be validated in order to ensure the party is a success?
- Create a list of questions you would ask in order to validate those assumptions.
- Create a single set of tasks to plan and execute the party.
- In addition to the other tasks, discuss the process of inviting guests and how they will RSVP
- What will be your method to invite guests?
- How will you communicate the necessary information?
- What information is most important? What information is “nice to have” but less important?
- How will you know who is coming?
Step 4: Class Debrief and Discussion (25 minutes)
- Each group will share its two most important questions used to validate their assumptions.
- Each group will share its final process, including its invitation/RSVP strategy.
- Discussion points:
- What are the major similarities and differences in the plans across groups?
- In what ways did the questions asked reveal the most important priorities in planning the party? What might have been missed?
- How does the success of the party depend on how information is communicated to the invitees (i.e., the communication interface)?