Date: 29 May 2015. Project Management.
Management has been a sore point with me of late. In the
article I wrote "I'm not good at Project Management" and vowed to
make a change in that department. I've let a lot of items on my list
slide all too long. Also, I've been complacent when I should have
been a squeaky wheel.
over a beautiful sunset won't get this boat underway.
am learning and making changes.
searched the term "Project Management" for cures and ideas on how to
better implement the changes in self I sought. It's well defined,
but solutions? Well, I'm simple and straight-forward. Some seemed
more complicated than others.
ProjectSmart I read: Project management best practice reminds
us that if we successfully initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control
and close out our projects, our metrics will illustrate better
results. Argh! Does that sound as arduous to you as it does
Tom Mochal on
TechRepublic suggested: "The right mix of planning,
monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a
project on time, on budget, and with high quality results."
for me defining the problem wasn't what I needed. I knew what the
problem was: Me!
Team Gantt was the best site for what I needed. An article
Sarah Faith Hansen offered hope that I could do better.
Indeed, it would be difficult to do worse in this engine swap
business. [I created an entire human being in less time than
this motor change has taken.] Obviously I needed help, and a
few of Sarah's bullet points were helpful. She suggested:
Begin with an end in mind (know my
Put first things first (I've done
this successfully, i.e. acquire engine first, get
components lined up, etc.)
Create a project timeline (failed
miserably but working on improving)
And don't think I've only failed in one project arena. No, I'm a
multi-tasking could-be-better gal. There is a long list of
opportunities for improvement. Motivated? Yes, I finally am.
instance, back in 2008 or so a new skylight was put in the
galley of Seaweed. It was fine, however the doggone thing started
leaking after a year or so in the blazing sun. And I'd told the
installer that 5200 would fail, but was assured it would not ever leak.
Oh, and "everyone" uses it.
later, and many miles down the waterway it started leaking. That's
because 5200 is an adhesive, not a sealant.
we can get away with using one for the other, however when you want
something sealed, buy a sealant. If you want something glued 5200 is
permanent. Made by 3M, UV4000 is similar to 5200 however it offers
UV (sunlight) protection.
Sealants should not be used interchangeably.
event, finally this past week I found a solution to the problem. I
vent fan from Amazon. Now they have several
varieties. I chose the least expensive with a one way exhaust fan.
with a foam template so cutting the proper size hole is relatively easy.
My exterior was okay at 14" square. The interior
needed to be wider.
Knowing that companies are in business to save a buck and make a
profit, I noted that
fans come in a variety of versions. Some are exhaust only,
whereas others both blow and suck. Guessing that only one motor was
used in both versions, I opted for the bottom-of-the-line
would be the component that allowed the fan motor to run in reverse.
I knew that detail from my windlass remote. The power-down units
merely reverse polarity so the motor works backwards. It's the same
with outboards that have a motor to raise and lower the units.
And yes, in
an upcoming article I'll show what switch to buy and how to wire
said switch. I will take pictures when I rig it. Then you'll have
that in your arsenal of Stuff To Do in your spare time.
that theory, I put power to the positive wire, and connected ground
to the other wire. The
black is ground and white is power in this unit. The fan sucked air out.
Perfect. It works.
switched wires however, putting power to the black wire and ground to the white
side, the fan blew. Success! I know I can wire it for airflow in both
directions now. Also, I saved about $30 in the process.
how-to-wire the fan article will be written soon. Having a variety
of switches in my ship's stores is helpful, especially when I think
up these projects. I have to get the wire first though, and that
part is not done. Yet.
are required of course, and too, the butyl isn't here for the final
squish-down so nothing's finished. Except the hole in the overhead.
is a factor, taping a bag over the place you're working helps.
I had to even up the hole in the overhead for the
needed to be 14" square.
is a boat. Nothing is square, even or balanced. That's okay if one
accepts that perfection is for yachts. I live on a boat, and quite
Still, this replacement
window/hatch has been on my mind for literally years. Ever since the
first piece of Plexiglass started to leak. Fortunately the overhead
in Seaweed is cypress. That wood doesn't rot, so the leak wasn't
critical, except to my happiness quotient.
I'm much happier now with
the vent in place. And soon that project will be finished.
A few other things are in the
works. And here are a couple of "why I haven't posted" photos.
These ought to allay any questions as to what I've been doing
process, pure chaos:
After, and so worth it:
As for the engine, the mechanic is making progress. The bookcase has
been moved. Canned goods locker dismantled, reefer shifted and I'm
tired. But happy too.
I see goals
being met and the results are pleasing. There's more to do of
course, but I'm getting there.
Thank you for everything. I
appreciate the help more than you can know.
I'd love to hear what you do to stay motivated.
And, is Project Management as difficult for you as it seems to be for me?
Inexpensive Line Cutter ~
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