Project highlight report

February 25th, 2015 by paul mayes

I had a query yesterday about whether the highlight report template I blogged about back in 2009 is still my favourite. Indeed, I still recommend the Imperial College template but I have also adapted the very good Bristol University template available (along with many other very project templates) at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/strategic-projects/projects/projecttools/projectdocs/

Project proposals

February 18th, 2015 by paul mayes

It’s a while since I had a query about setting up a new project proposal template.  I blogged about it a couple of times in 2014 and there is also a useful template from the University of Western England downloadable at http://imp.uwe.ac.uk/imp_public/downloadFile.asp?URN=9568&furn=17724&io=False&entryPID=16 

Issue logging

February 5th, 2015 by paul mayes

I’ve had a query about logging project issues. The template I blogged about in 2013 is still very effective but there are  details about the whole process on page 50 of the Goldsmiths University of London “Project Management Manual and Methodology” downloadable at this link

Project management for dissertations

January 28th, 2015 by paul mayes

Recently there was an excellent article in Insider Higher Ed called “Using Project Management Approaches to Tame Your Dissertation”. The contents would make a very good basis for a session for dissertation candidates and, of course, might introduce them to the ideas of project management for the first time (with benefits thoughout their careers). The article can be read at https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/using-project-management-approaches-tame-your-dissertation

Stakeholder analysis

January 23rd, 2015 by paul mayes

I’ve been using the same method of stakeholder analysis since I blogged about it in January 2011 (see http://betterprojects.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2011/01/10/stakeholder-analysis/ ) but in a recent practical session I used different 2014 material (and commnents) to support the participant’s learning. The material is at http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newPPM_07.htm

Templates

January 14th, 2015 by paul mayes

Although there are a lot of good template sources about (I have blogged 14 times about this since 2009), a couple of my USA readers have both mentioned that they have used the many templates that are available from the Virginia.gov site at http://vita.virginia.gov/oversight/projects/default.aspx?id=567

Project crisis management

January 8th, 2015 by paul mayes

I haven’t done much work on project crisis management since I blogged about it back in 2010. In bringing together my favourite material for a forthcoming presentation I was impressed by the recommendations at http://www.pmchampion.com/blog/pdu-ideas/crisis-management/ Very similar to my own thoughts.

JISC InfoNet

December 23rd, 2014 by paul mayes

My readers will know very well how much I respect the higher education project management material that has been available at the JISC InfoNet site. In January 2015, the work of InfoNet and other valuable JISC teams such as TechDis and Netskills will be rolled into the new JISC group customer services team. However, I am pleased to have been assured by the Head of the new team that the InfoNet material will continue to be available through the jisc.ac.uk website or in a publicly available archive

Student research project library guide

December 20th, 2014 by paul mayes

In the last two weeks I have been working on new material for student research projects. I have followed Norwalk Community College since going there in 2004 and their library guide for student research contains a lot of good ideas on project management. It can be found at http://norwalkcc.libguides.com/content_mobile.php?pid=359314&sid=2938408#box_2938408

Using projects in lessons

December 7th, 2014 by paul mayes

If you are interested in using projects within taught lessons (rather than project based learning) there is a thought provoking article on this at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/avoiding-flop-guide-project-inquiry-joshua-block