Closure

August 16th, 2014 by paul mayes

In this last week I had an inteesting exchange of emails about the closure phase of a project. I was able to recommend two additional public sources in addition to ones I have peviously blogged about. The new sources (both from universities) are at http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0019/440272/Project-Closure-and-Post-Implementation-Report-and-Guide.docx  and http://tech.sfsu.edu/sites/sites7.sfsu.edu.it/files/SFSU%2520Project%2520Close%2520Checklist%2520Template%2520v0.3.pdf

Project management policy

August 10th, 2014 by paul mayes

My thanks go to a former colleague who send me a link to a simple but very effective “Project management policy” from the Australian Catholic University. It would be a good starting point for any institution thinking about writing a policy. It can be downloaded in Word at http://www.acu.edu.au/policy/governance/project_management_policy

The vocabulary of project based learning

July 29th, 2014 by paul mayes

A new article on the terminology of PBL has already been of help to my clients a few times since it appeared in May at http://www.friedtechnology.com/2013/05/brief-guide-to-vocabulary-for-project.html?m=1

Project proposal template

July 20th, 2014 by paul mayes

It’s been a long while since I visited the University of North Texas but I have always kept in touch with their documentation. Recently I used a project proposal template from UNT in a discussion session. The template can be downloaded at https://www.unt.edu/president/forms/ProjectProposalTemplateEvaluationForm.pdf

Creative arts student projects

July 13th, 2014 by paul mayes

Recently I have been invloved quite a lot with creative arts higher education and I was especially impressed by a particular guide for students on starting projects that is produced by the University of the Arts. Well worth looking at at http://www.arts.ac.uk/student-jobs-and-careers/resources/freelancing-and-business-basics/starting-a-project/

Projects that bring change and demonstating this to stakeholders

July 3rd, 2014 by paul mayes

I am currently advising a college that wants to start a course that will enable participants to show stakeholders that a project will bring real benefits in terms of change.  The course must give the tools to show measurable value to the stakeholders. I have blogged quite a lot in the past about new ways of demonstating benefits and impact. I see the main course components (roughly following the Cranfield approach) as:

  • Identifying and selecting initiatives for change that will guarantee demonstratable benefits
  • How to connect stakeholders to the project
  • Starting  and keeping  initiatives for change on the right track to deliver the promised benefits
  • Improving and showcasing the participant’s  skills as an effective  leader of change.

I will put the full stucture of the new course on Slideshare when the college publicise it

University site

June 23rd, 2014 by paul mayes

I recommended the University of Bristol’s project management website back in 2012 and it continues to be one of the very best examples for any college wishing to introduce such a website. It is available at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/strategic-projects/projects/projecttools/projectdocs/

Web projects

June 18th, 2014 by paul mayes

This week I have had a query about getting started on a web project. The best guidance I know on managing a web project that is publicly available is from Rutgers University at http://ucm.rutgers.edu/web-ecommunications/getting-started

Student project template

June 14th, 2014 by paul mayes

It has been quite a long time since I visited Salem State University but it remains an excellent source of ideas and forms on having students apply for project grants at the University. Full details at http://www.salemstate.edu/5140.php

Project diary

June 5th, 2014 by paul mayes

I have been using the same template for a project diary (from projectmanagement.com – formerlygantthead)  since i blogged about it in October 2010. Recently however I have adapted a diary template from the University of Otago (at https://docushare.otago.ac.nz/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-73637/5B%20Project%20Diary.xls)