What is this website?
wip.andrewkirksey.com is a very public website where my projects can make the transition between conceptualization to final delivery. The wip subdomain of andrewkirksey.com is organized around project management and its processes (PMP).
I want to ensure that the way I work, and how it’s
I suppose that the more public my workflow is, the more open I am to review, critique, or engagement. This openness forces me to cultivate a disciplined approach to every aspect what I do. The hope is that this sort of rigorous adherence to methods and procedures will net significant improvements across my life in a broader, more universal sense. Ultimately, I hope that this will all become second nature.
What is Project Management Processes?
Project Management brings to any enterprise a unique focus upon a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a goal or a vision statement.
PMP is commonly understood to include these five project processes categories.
- Oversight / Review
- Finalization / Submission.
These processes are analogs for the five steps of the trainer’s/educator’s course curriculum development process called A.D.D.I.E., which has the added advantage of being iterative, but the disadvantage of being organization-centric (thus difficult to implement consistently if you’re understaffed) and contains little to no mechanism for resolving / finishing a project.
How does that mesh with a work-in-progress (wip) blog?
In short: headlines, categories, tags, and attachments.
Headlines should be formatted by
Categories should make sense to anyone
Everything here is opinion. As in, variable, changeable from day to day, but necessary and rational. But, as much ‘opinion’ as they are, the ultimate aim or objectives remain the same. They are as follows:
- improved focus on scope, responsibility, requirements, and supporting tasks
- improved mitigation of feature creep
- better ability to provide realistic work estimates
- cultivation of vendor/stakeholder expectations
- provides robust community
- improved documentation of work
- improved management of time
- mitigation of project risk
What’s the deal with your blog post titles?
Post titles are in the following format, <project> :: <project process step> :: [<project identification code>]
Project Identification Codes work as follows: “media”.
This wip.andrewkirksey.com website is identified as a web project since it’s the prototype project guiding all further projects I’ve given it the 0000
Abbreviation Table v0.1
How do categories factor in?
Categories operate as a means of sorting posts into their proper context. Posts are generally a good indicator of a unit of effort. Units of Effort, if that’s a thing we end up calling them (we won’t, this is just a way
Category Parent > Child Relationships
|Personal Projects||Project Initiation||Digital > Format||Ahead of Schedule|
|Client Projects||Project Planning||Print > Format||Behind Schedule|
|Submission / Itteration|
You accidentally left the word Opus laying around in a post, what’s that about?
The word Opus was selected initally when I was trying to think deeply about graphic design, and how language and art intersect in these sorts of projects.
I had just reviewed my own online portfolio after having let it sit for a year and identifying areas where I could improve how I show my work to potential clients and employers. Besides a better focus on
As I drilled into this idea that a portfolio should be better organized by terms, and then that the terms should be as precise as possible, the penny eventually dropped for me that ‘portfolio’ is a pretty bad term in and of itself.
Hell, the whole issue with flippant terminology may be driving less then adequate design solutions industry-wide just on the basis that when we allow our definitional disciplines slip then we allow for all sorts of shortcuts and cheats to become essential in ways they were never meant to be, at least not as much as the idea of a dictionary, or a definition list (god help us if those HTML tags are ever deprecated for lack of use).
My personal opinion is that design is overall mean to inject clarity or order into unclear moments. Yes, we sometimes wax contrarian on that point, but philosophically if we set out to defy the main ruleset of a principle we reinforce the principle more strongly than if the principle was left unopposed.
The very notion of an ‘online portfolio’ is not definitional but referential.
Thus, a reference falls out of the boundary of what I believe design is ultimately meant to achieve. And yet it’s this thing I’m supposed to do.
It’s this quintessential promotional method for designers to direct people towards or to display proudly. It is meant to say:
“Behold, this checkerboard grid containing squares of finished work for a
It is not a black briefcase with a zipper containing matte boards with art plastered upon them for display. a portfolio literally means book. A folio is a series of pages within that book, generally stitched together. In vellum. Vellum
It occurs to me that this might be considered
It is not a few compressed
Thus the whole idea of a portfolio is troubling for a variety of reasons because it doesn’t add or clarify it by itself obscures and takes away from the thing it’s presenting. The design I’ve always worked toward in high school as a newspaper editor is a sense of design I lost track of over the years.
as a funny bit of project codeword wordplay. A lot of digital projects get codewords. My projects do not, but during the inception period of this site, I kept returning to the Latin word for ‘work’ because of its marvelous metamorphosis into a term associated with music, like Mr. Holland’s Opus, for example. The plural form of Opus is Opera, which I find more appropriate to my efforts here, but the linguistic association with a Viking helmed woman singing in a glass shattering alto means it would be a source for confusion rather than clarity.
But Opus… opus you never hear Opus being used anywhere.
If the navigation bar for this site ever contains the word ‘Opus’ rather than the current ‘Workings’ or ‘Works’ (I’m not happy with this conceptual wrapper presently), then that’s the gist.
If it’s ever ‘opines’ specifically, check on me somehow because
This then remains: remember to retire into this little territory of your own mind, and above all do not distract or strain yourself, but be free, and look at things as a man, as a human being, as a citizen, as a mortal. But among the things within your hands to which you shall turn, let there be these, which are two. One is that things do not touch the soul, for they are external and remain immovable; but our perturbations come only from the opinion which is within. The other is that all these things, which you see, change immediately and will no longer be; and constantly bear in mind how many of these changes you have already witnessed. The universe is transformation: life is opinion.
Aurelius, Marcus. Meditations: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Harris Classics) (pp. 45-46). Kindle Edition.
Things change constantly. This site, your work, my ideas about work and , the means I choose to focus upon to satisfy the demands of the work ahead of us.
Mitch Horowitz in his recent title, The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality, wrote a chapter discussing one’s purpose and how that’s derived.
So yeah, the “Workings” Category Link might be “Opines” on some Friday sometime.
The short answer is, it isn’t a mistake, it’s a general omission and if I leave the word ‘Opus’ in the site somewhere, then I’ve failed to omit it from the wip blog probably because I got interrupted while working on a page and had to save up and run.
The wip site will be in it’s the most dynamic form it will take as it’s purpose, structure, and content strategy is defined and refined. Once I’m able to really dial in
Projects are filtered into one of two main types, personal and professional. Personal projects are for me, professional ones are for stakeholders who are paying me for my time and effort.