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February 19th, 2008

Introducing the IHCP!

The other day I found myself contemplating Number One Son's IEP, which (for those who may not know) is an Individual Education Plan.  These plans are set up collaboratively with the public education system and the parents of children who may need, ahem, an individual education plan.  Number One Son is doing really well with his, for a number of reasons, not least of which is that he has a fantastic teacher and strong support from the school. 

But that's not what I was thinking about.  I was thinking about the terminology of the IEP, and about how we measure progress against the plan.  As a project manager, I'm always looking for good ways of measuring progress, and the nomenclature of the IEP, it seems to me, could be used for many aspects of life...

It occurs to me, for example, that were someone to ask SOBUMD (Spouse of a BigUglyManDoll) how I was doing, she might very well use "cleaning out the damn cat litter box" as a metric unit and tell them that I had performed non-preferred tasks 6 out of 9 opportunities last month, five times with 'prompting' and once without...

I try to counter with the fact that I have a much better average with cooking, but she reminds me that cooking is not actually a "non-preferred" task...  

Heck.  Whatever happened to "two outta three ain't bad?"  I know where this is going.  I'm going to have my very own IHCP, which - naturally - will be the BUMD's Individual Household Chore Plan.  (Techies insert Dynamic Host Control Protocol jokes here.)



Yep, looks like another post from the Big, Ugly Man Doll!

Introducing the IHCP!

Originally published at Big Ugly Man Doll. Please leave any comments there.

The other day I found myself contemplating Number One Son’s IEP, which (for those who may not know) is an Individual Education Plan.  These plans are set up collaboratively with the public education system and the parents of children who may need, ahem, an individual education plan.  Number One Son is doing really well with his, for a number of reasons, not least of which is that he has a fantastic teacher and strong support from the school. 

But that’s not what I was thinking about.  I was thinking about the terminology of the IEP, and about how we measure progress against the plan.  As a project manager, I’m always looking for good ways of measuring progress, and the nomenclature of the IEP, it seems to me, could be used for many aspects of life…

It occurs to me, for example, that were someone to ask SOBUMD (Spouse of a BigUglyManDoll) how I was doing, she might very well use “cleaning out the damn cat litter box” as a metric unit and tell them that I had performed non-preferred tasks 6 out of 9 opportunities last month, five times with ‘prompting’ and once without…

I try to counter with the fact that I have a much better average with cooking, but she reminds me that cooking is not actually a “non-preferred” task…  

Heck.  Whatever happened to “two outta three ain’t bad?”  I know where this is going.  I’m going to have my very own IHCP, which - naturally – will be the BUMD’s Individual Household Chore Plan.  (Techies insert Dynamic Host Control Protocol jokes here.)

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Yep, looks like another post from the Big, Ugly Man Doll!