We're about to begin a serious burst of work for a client. I'm kind of proud of myself because I've basically pieced together the entire project plan. I wrote the proposal, my boss went there for a little dog-and-pony show in November (thinking they'd chose another firm), and then I supplied all the backup and answered questions. Imagine my surprise when they chose us. Since then I've been working like crazy to firm up the budget, the session designs (design = a detailed agenda of educational components that will create an experiential learning environment that will accomplish the session goals), and map out the timeline. It's going to be a burst because we're looking to deliver about 120 consultant days over 8 weeks since the work has to be completed by 31 May, the end of the client's fiscal year. I reconfigured 2 designs for shorter session time and different outcomes, and created the draft of an entirely new piece. Next task: begin working with the director of a theater-based education group to develop a script for educational vignettes for a session. Blah-blah-blah. Basically, it's the most involved I've ever been in creating what we do for a client -- the most anyone that wasn't the Client Lead or an officer of the company has ever been involved in the creation process.
But...the reason I was thinking about this...I just got an email from the person that is going to be leading one component of the delivery. She's terrific and I love working with her. In the email she said:
Tara, it's great to partner with you again. Yeah! Yippee! Que Bueno! I'm a happy camper. Stuff like that makes a person feel pretty nice, ya know?
After penciling in a projected schedule, then putting in my vacation and a trip to Atlanta for a conference, I realized that I might have to dust off my side of the bed come the first of June. (cue look of dismay)