Tuesday, December 8, 2009

PMP Evaluation of a 6 week old

This is a 1 month evaluation of how the birth of baby Mia, and the 1st month of our new family dynamic, along with lessons learned in the current project evaluation.

Project Evaluation of the delivery is as follows:

The delivery of baby Mia has been an outstanding success.

The carrier of the child went into labor after consuming a fried green tomato BLT sandwich.

Later that evening, the carrier announced that birthing was going to occur -11 days from the original project implementation date.

The lessons learned documentation was updated to note that the Fried Green Tomato BLT is effective in causing labor.

Due to comprehensive preplanning, primary asset #1 (Stoli) that could not go unmanaged was transported to the primary backup caregiver. Soon thereafter, the bags were loaded and the carrier was transported to the hospital. During the commute, the phone tree system was implemented requiring Mary and I to each make 2 phone calls. I contacted my parents and Jenni, Mary contacted her parents and Tommy. All other people who needed to know were contacted by one of these 4 people.

Labor commenced, and followed a normal cycle of delivery. The delivery cycle took close to 22 hours from beginning to project completion.

Evaluation, project implementation was a success

Primary lessons learned, fried tomato BLT sandwich should be consumed early in the morning, rather than late at night to induce labor after the parents are fully rested.

1 Month of Child raising and rearing evaluation

Overall the child raising and rearing project has been moderately successful. This ongoing project has experienced great successes and intense struggles. Successes have included, but are not limited to:
  • Implementation of 2 different forms of swaddling
  • Successful transition from natural feeding to bottle feeding as necessary
  • Integration with existing dependents
  • Newborn pictures from 2 different photographers


The primary customer (Mia) continues to present different requirements, that have 0 runway, and require immediate implementation. Her method of communicating all of these different requests come in a singular deliver package (crying) without clear direction as to what the trigger is.

Currently identified triggers are:

  • Dirty Diaper
  • Hungry
  • Sleepy
  • Gassy
  • Bored
  • Unknown
We have spoken directly to the primary customer and explained to her that if she continues to provide us changing project requirements with 0 runway with expected immediate implementation (frequently in the middle of the night) that the service level that we are currently providing will eventually degrade. The primary customer did not appear to understand or care. The customer continues to provide vague descriptions of problems without concern for the service delivery personnel. We will continue to try to convince the customer that we need more runway and schedule.

Additionally, we have learned that a 2 FTE service support dynamic does not provide adequate support to both take care of the primary customer, and handle facilities management. The appropriate solution we have implemented has been to bring in a 3rd FTE to assist (AKA Grandma’s, Tommy, Stephanie) so that the primary service providers can get additional rest, or handle facilities management exercises.

Lessons learned

  • No amount of planning, or preplanning can prevent all meltdowns
  • There is no standard process for calming down a screaming baby
  • Simply going to the grandparents for a few hours requires a ton of luggage
  • Mia decided that snuggling and sleeping on your chest is her form of payment, and it works
  • If the baby isn’t happy nobody is happy
  • Sleep when you can
  • Taking pictures while holding an un-diapered baby can have explosive results
  • Bathing a baby in the shower is easier than bathing her in the sink
  • Mia sleeps better after a bath
  • Mary and I early on decided that Mia would not be allowed to sleep in our bed, Mia decided that she is allowed to sleep in our bed, Mia won
  • Mary can drop baby weight much easier than I can drop sympathy weight
  • For all the new happiness in my life, I also feel extreme amounts of guilt for neglecting Stoli
  • The moments you remember most are rarely the moments you plan, they are more frequently the moments that blindside you on a random Wed. night at 9:30 when somebody you love says “something isn’t right and we need to go to the hospital right now”

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