Managing the Workload

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Well, things are going along pretty well, but I recently took a look at all of the outstanding work I wanted done.  Several key pieces, I had slotted to complete before year end, so I could get them certified by SAP.  Well, it seems the calender has got away from me, and I’m creeping into the end of October already.  Now this isn’t the end of the world, and there is plenty of time, but for the first time ever, I have help doing this development work.  This is a GREAT thing, unfortunately, it means that several objects that I want to add pieces to are already under construction with one of my contractors.  My good friend Jer warned me about this, but I thought I’d have more time before it actually impacted me.

So, why am I writing about this today?  first and foremost, it is essential to have systems in place to help you manage what is going on, and who is working on it.  Now, I’m still small, so this can all be managed with a simple spreadsheet.  And Thankfully, this has helped to stop me from jumping right into my next idea, since if I did, I’d end up getting either my work, or my contractor’s work overwritten when it got combined.  So, what do I currently track:

  • Specification number & description – for those of you who are non-techy, this is just the “thing you want done”
  • what’s the status of spec – a great reminder for me if I haven’t written the spec yet.
  • Who is the developer
  • what status is the change in
  • Main object touched
  • Priority of the list

So today’s advice, is to make sure you track (and look at that tracking sheet) before you jump into something.  Don’t fall into the trap that I tend to fall into.  “I’m too small to need to worry about that yet”.  Once you have more than I person doing the same job, you need something to properly manage the workload.  You might just save yourself a big headache.  Now, I still have the challenge of getting everything done, but that’s for another time.

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