Task Analysis Mapping for Painting a Room

Task analysis mapping is a method to outline all the steps needed for a process as determined by someone completing the task on their own. This can be useful in discovering what exactly needs to be done for a project to cover all bases before jumping in and an unforeseen issue comes up.

As an example project, let’s map out the tasks needed in painting the living room at your apartment that has ugly and outdated wallpaper. Think about what needs to be done to see the project through from start to finish.

  1. Identify the problem: The wall needs an upgrade, so we’ve decided to give it a new paint job.
  2. Check with the landlord: Is it even possible to paint the wall? Does the lease specify anything about it? Maybe the landlord will reimburse us?
  3. Discuss with roommates: If your landlord OK’s it, how do your roommates feel about it? Do they want to be part of the decision process?
  4. Research: With everyone on board now, what do you need to paint the room? Do you have the supplies like paint, newspaper to put down, ladder or step stool, brushes, or do you need to buy them? What color do you want to pick? Will it match the furniture or have a theme of some sort? What’s your budget?
  5. Final approval and agreement: Make the final decisions on supplies, color, when to paint, and any other planning and make sure everyone agrees on the project moving forward.
  6. Purchase supplies: Go to the store or shop online to get what you still need for the project — paint, brushes, etc.
  7. Paint the walls: Now that you have everything, you can officially paint the walls!
  8. Problem solved: The wall looks new again, and you’re done!

This is just one way to go through the steps of painting a wall with task analysis mapping, but the steps will vary depending the project, and there could be more or less depending on the situation and the person completing the project. Planning and preparing ahead this way saves time and money later, and identifies any possible roadblocks that may arise that can be prevented or dealt with to improve the flow of a project.

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