E-Learning project management

April 22nd, 2014 by paul mayes

I can’t believe that I haven’t mentiond the excellent Rapid E-Learning blog since 2009. It is one that I follow continually and have been using over the Easter weekend. Its wide range of advice on project planning can be found at http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/managing-e-learning-projects/

Newspaper supplement

April 14th, 2014 by paul mayes

A couple of clients have mentioned the Business Reporter supplement on project management in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph. The contents where generally on large commercial projects but both clients found a lot of interesting points in the various items in the suplement. An online version is available at http://business-reporter.co.uk/2013/04/project-management/

Project based learning

April 4th, 2014 by paul mayes

I read with great interest a “Transylvania Times”  article on PBL with useful quotes from staff and students on its effectiveness. The article can be found at http://www.transylvaniatimes.com/story/2014/03/31/education/controlled-chaos-project-based-learning/17300.html

University templates

March 25th, 2014 by paul mayes

My other area of work (academic quality assurance) has very much taken my time in the last 2 weeks but I am turning now to some work on templates for project mangement in a college. Coincidentally last week a contact in Australia sent me links to two examples of very good practice. They can be found at http://policy.federation.edu.au/forms.php?book_id=426  and  http://www.uws.edu.au/organisational_development/od/about_our_courses/course_streams/leadership_and_management_courses/managing_small_projects/project_management_methodology

Project based learning templates

March 2nd, 2014 by paul mayes

This week I have been able to use some ideas (as a benchmark) from Metro Tech High School in Phoenix which I first visited back in the 199os. Their excellent PBL templates can see seen at http://www.phoenixunion.org/Page/9207

Project design template

February 25th, 2014 by paul mayes

Recently I have been helping to produce a new project design template for a college. There is a very good publicly-available template at http://ilc21.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MindQDesign_2012.pdf as a starting point if you need one

Trust

February 17th, 2014 by paul mayes

It’s been nearly 4 years since this blog was contacted about how to build and ensure ‘trust’ within a project team. In addition to the article I recommended back in 2010 (at  http://ecaminc.com/index.php/blog/59-generalblog/188-2010-03-08 ) there is a nice list of 40 good practices for managers at http://edge.papercutpm.com/40-ways-to-build-trust/ that can also be used in training sessions. I have some more detailed material available for my clients.

Stakeholder management

February 7th, 2014 by paul mayes

This week I have been writing some new material on stakeholders management. To quote from material at Oxford Brookes University:

All projects will involve changing something in the organisation and this will impact on someone. Stakeholders fall into two broad categories, those who the project will impact upon and those who can impact on the project. Impacts can be either positive or negative. Stakeholder management is about building a broad coalition of support for your project.

The very detailed and helpful Oxford Brookes material is available at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/services/hr/project/pm_at_brookes/stakeholder/index.html

Student team contracts

January 28th, 2014 by paul mayes

I am currently working for a college on updating their contract form for student projects. You are most welcome of course to consult me about helping you but there is an excellent template from the University of Arizona publicly available at http://math.arizona.edu/~kerimar/Team%20Contract.doc

The main  purposes of a contract is to accelerate a team’s development, to increase individual accountability for team tasks, and to reduce the possibility for team conflict. In my experience they are well worth any effort involved.

Software

January 21st, 2014 by paul mayes

There are a lot of good project collaboration apps out there. I have to use whichever my client wishes to use and I’m currently using Trello, Weave (from Intuit) and the Tappsana verson of Asana (to allow us to work offline). All are impressive