Quite a handy problem solving tool. WHAT does this have to do with fiber arts? Well my husband spent 22 years in the military. You sort of learn to adapt the problem solving skills to real life. Adapt and overcome. Each commission, project, gift, comes with its own set of issues, no project, no matter how ordinary is "a no brainer". SMEAC helps to coordinate projects nicely; S- Situation: What type of project am I making, and what projects to I already have on the needles? Will I have time to make the project on schedule?
M- Mission: The who, what, when, where, why of the project. What do I want to accomplish with this project? What can I learn during the creative process?
E- Execution: Plan, tasks, and instructions for completing the project. (Including yarn, color, content ect, pattern, size,) Of course working with and bringing the customer up to speed on the materials, pattern, plan and execution is a fabulous process.
A- Administration and Logistics: Every artist has their favorite supplies and suppliers, getting the supplies and then getting the completed project from point A. to point B., all part of the job and expense. Part of the reason I only ship within the US and Canada.
C- Command and Signal: Yeah I know it sounds weird but when your main mode of communication is the internet, cell phone calls, and text messages, data about your project has to be sen to the correct person, at the correct time via the correct social media, email or text. It can be a nightmare. One evening I was coordinating with THREE customers at the same time. It was CRAZY. I was writing notes as fast as I could. Amazingly enough all three projects got out on time. LOL YIKES.
Here are a couple of projects that posed challenges to my "Command and Signal" structure due to time differences and my availability, but SO worth it because my customers are happy!!! (at least that's what they said :) )
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