Posted by: kerrywills | April 4, 2014

Family “Vacation”


This week, I got to execute on one of my most complicated and risky projects yet…taking the family to Disney in Florida. This project required significant planning to execute properly. Here are some of those activities that required planning…

  • Logisitcs – Getting to Florida, getting a rental car, booking the hotel
  • Activities – Figuring out where to go (scope), obtaining Disney Park passes, researching what times the parks opened and the best things to see
  • Packing – Bringing the right clothes, toys and assorted sleeping ‘lovies’ (and, no, I did not bring mine)

After much planning, it was finally time to execute on our plan. Our travel down had a few delays, but generally made it per the plan. As expected in Florida, the roads and parks were packed so we leveraged out planning to do the best things first. We made our way from attraction to attraction in an efficient manner. There was the usual complaining of being tired, too hot, too cold, not wanting to see things, wanting to go somewhere else, etc but I suspect those are the usual ups-and-downs of this type of project. Keeping the team motivated was important and required techniques such as frequent breaks and slushies.

Lots of planning and lots of waiting

Lots of planning and lots of waiting

In the end, I think everyone had a good time and we met our scope and were somewhat within budget so I suppose this could be considered a successful project. Now, I need a vacation from my vacation.

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