10.11.16 Project Update Creative Process Style


I’m a week behind on completing the “How to” article and I adjusted due dates accordingly.

Why did I get behind? Last week I decided to look at ways other companies are offering learning content. In particular, I looked at what Google is doing for it’s G Suite product (formerly Google Apps) and Google Analytics. I took screenshots of lessons that were most relevant to what I’m creating.

I learned some good lessons, in particular, Google keeps their online learning very short and chunked for products used by the general public. More technical material is more wordy but is still to the point. Analytics Academy includes an initial video lesson.

Two things I’ve learned from this little detour:

  1. For future projects I’m going to consider scheduling time to check out examples if I don’t have an existing template.
  2. I’m going to keep back to keeping things as simple as possible: using whatever formatting tools are available to make the lesson easy to use but no custom formatting or complex images.

Here’s a pdf of the revised Structural Tension Chart.


Project Status Reviews Creative Process Style

The project plan for my goal, creating a “How to” lesson is different because in addition to using steps and due dates, I’m constantly keeping an eye on Structural Tension: the difference between what is desired and today’s reality in relationship to my goal.

An example of a Structural Tension chart used for my ‘How-to Lesson” project is here.

If the goal shifts or current reality shifts so does structural tension and structural tension is what creates the forward energy to realize the goal.

For example, I realized I shifted my goal without being conscious that I was doing so. I added the criteria “professional-looking layout” to the final desired product. When I upped the criteria of “what is a satisfactory end result” I added an additional five business days because now I felt compelled to look at what other companies were doing.

Usually I would stay stuck on my mistake and what that says about me. The Creative Process encourages us to

  • acknowledge the mistake and it’s consequences
  • adjust the structural tension chart accordingly (in this case dates)
  • consider what we’ve learned
  • and get back to work

The Creative Process also uses a more formal review called the “Creator Moment of Truth” (or Manager Moment of Truth) which I’ll be doing when this project is completed.