About the Projects category

Structured, organized attempts to achieve goals like learning. Use the project template.

Read the project template explanations below. When starting a new topic, a blank template should appear automatically for you to fill out. Your answers should be short and simple. “None” is a valid answer to some prompts.

At the end of a project, you must write a conclusion. Did you succeed or fail? What went right and wrong? What could you do better next time? What did you learn? If you failed, how and why did you fail? If you succeeded, explain how you know you succeeded, what you achieved, and what the benefits were. You are not allowed to start a new project while you have a finished project, or a project where you haven’t posted for a week, with no conclusion written. The conclusion must be clearly labelled, e.g. by writing Project Conclusion at the start of the conclusion post.

You should begin with several projects you can finish on the same day you started which don’t require other people to do anything. That’ll help you learn to use the project template and establish a track record of completing projects.

Project Template Explanations

Project Summary

Summary: Summarize your project.

Goal

Goal: What is your goal? What do success and failure look like?
Metrics: What will you measure or objectively judge to determine success?
Broader goal: If you achieve your goal, what higher level or bigger picture goal will it help with? Why are you pursuing this goal?
Values: What even higher level goals is this for? How does it help achieve some values you have?
CF relevance: How does this project relate to Critical Fallibilism?

Plan

Plan: What is your plan to achieve your goal? Are there steps?
Project size: How big is this project? What’s in or out of the project scope?
Resource budget: What resources are needed to succeed? What resources have you allocated to this project, meaning they are no longer available for anything else? E.g. time blocked off on your calendar.
Asks: What do you want from other people?
Offers: What are you offering to other people?
Independence: What will you do if no one replies? Will you complete the project by yourself, or are you relying on external help?
Confidence: How likely are you to succeed at the project? Give an explanation or percentage.
Follow through: How likely are you to finish the project with no extended breaks? Give an explanation or percentage. Are you doing any specific actions to help you finish?

Context

Context: Share relevant information about your situation.
Background: What skills, experience and knowledge do you have to help with this project?
Track Record: What relevant, previous successes and failures do you have? You can say “none” but in that case your project should be kept small, simple and easy.
Priorities: Why this project? Why now?
Progress: What have you already done for this project?
Problems: What problems have you run into or do you expect to run into? Are you stuck on anything?

Blank Project Template

Project Summary

Summary:

Goal

Goal:
Metrics:
Broader goal:
Values:
CF relevance:

Plan

Plan:
Project size:
Resource budget:
Asks:
Offers:
Independence:
Confidence:
Follow through:

Context

Context:
Background:
Track Record:
Priorities:
Progress:
Problems: