Summary: This project is just to fill out the project template in the CF Projects category successfully. The filled template is the main deliverable for this project.
Goal: Fill out the project template in the CF projects category without making major errors or omissions
- I have sought and received answers to any questions I have about what should be in the fields of the project template
- All fields in the project template are filled out
- Any errors or omissions pointed out by others are either addressed or I judge them to be minor
Broader goal: Try a small project and see how it goes rather than dismiss projects as uninteresting without trying one
Values: I want to be open minded and willing to try stuff
CF relevance: I want to know that I’m able to successfully use the CF projects category if I choose to do so in the future
Plan: Ask questions or seek further explanation / examples about any fields that I don’t think I understand enough to fill out correctly. Attempt to fill out the template correctly on the first go. Post the template. Address any major errors or omissions detected by myself or others, by additional text or by filling out a new template if necessary. Wait approximately one week for comments before making an evaluation of success or failure. Write project conclusion.
Project size: Super small. I expect most of the work to be done with this initial post. I expect either no major errors / omissions or for any errors / omissions to be correctable without much additional work.
Resource budget: Time for this initial post (done when I post) + up to 2 hours over the next week to respond to any major errors or omissions detected by myself or others and write the project conclusion.
Asks: If people notice any errors or omissions, I’d appreciate a comment about them. If you have an opinion about whether the error / omission is major or minor, I’d appreciate hearing that too.
Offers: Helping me complete this project will help provide an example of a super-small, easy project that you can do something similar to. If it fails, that will provide an example you can avoid repeating.
Independence: I will complete this template and judge whether this project succeeded or failed regardless of whether I get any responses. I think I can judge accurately whether I succeeded or failed without input from others.
Confidence: I think I’m highly likely to succeed at this project. In terms of percentage my guess is my chance of success is near 100%. It’s super small and easy. I’ve repeatedly filled out templates successfully before and I don’t think this one is more difficult than some I’ve done before.
Follow through: Because I expect to finish in approximately one week I don’t expect to need a break. I think my chances of finishing in approximately one week are near 100%. I already review CF for new posts regularly so I don’t expect to miss comments on this project. I have set a reminder in 1 week to write up a conclusion. It’s possible the conclusion write-up could be delayed a day or two if unexpected circumstances arise, but I don’t think that’s likely.
Context: Justin suggested I try a small project:
I don’t think the template will be hard to fill out. I’m curious about why Justin had “the damnedest time” filling it out the first time.
Background: I’ve filled out lots of templates before. Some were more complicated and/or had more specific requirements than this one. Templates (often called “boiler plates” where I’ve worked) are very common in my industry.
Track Record: I’ve had repeated success filling out templates when I’ve tried. It’s been rare for me to have any problems at all. When there have been problems with templates in the past they’ve always been easy for me to fix.
Priorities: I’ve had some problems on CF lately so I think it makes sense for me to do something I think will be an easy win. Because I think I’ve done lots of projects like this before I think this project will turn out to be an easy win.
Progress: By the time this is posted I think I will have done most of the work for this project. Since this is the second to last field in the template and I’m going through the fields in order, I think I’m already mostly done.
Problems: I have not run into any significant problems filling out the template. I did review the template explanation (About the Projects category) for pretty much every field just to be sure I was putting in the right kind of information. I also reviewed one of Justin’s projects (Project: Second Chapter of Geometry Book) for inspiration on a couple of fields - thanks Justin.