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Meet Laurel: A Very PMP Wedding

I have confessed before to planning my own wedding in Microsoft Project. I also interviewed a wedding planner for my first book, Project Management in the Real World, about fixed date projects. After all, a wedding is a project with an immovable end date. So I was delighted to discover a blog that blends project management and wedding planning – the ultimate convergence of two of my favourite things.

A Very PMP Wedding is the blog that Laurel Cagan is writing as she counts down to her wedding later this year. She has been documenting her experiences with wedding planning since last April, including change, requirements, planning and stakeholder management.

As any good project manager would do she has identified success criteria for the day. She calls them bliss factors and they include:

  • Wanting their guests to have a wonderful time
  • Looking beautiful
  • Not turning into a bridezilla
  • Achieving their dream day for their target budget
  • Being happy.

She even has a set of downloadable templates, so if you are planning your own wedding (or just fancy using a scope template with a wedding theme), you can use her documentation.

I remember what the last few months of preparing for my own wedding were like so I look forward to hearing how Laurel uses her project management skills to juggle managing all the different requirements in the run-up to the big day.

You can read her blog here.

2 comments… add one

  • Eclipse PPM 24/02/2012, 7:57 pm

    Love this idea! A former colleague of ours planned her wedding with PPM software too. Perhaps it’s the new trend?

    • Elizabeth 25/02/2012, 12:09 pm

      I don’t know if it’s new. I know that I did it (about 10 years ago) and Peter Taylor, author of The Lazy Project Manager, has also confessed to using PM techniques to plan his wedding, so I think it is just inherent in the way project managers are.

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