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)

Final year projects

May 29th, 2014 by paul mayes

I quite often get asked for guidance on setting student projects, especially final year ones. I now provide both guidance and material to my clients on this but there is a very good publicly-accessible set of material from the University of York Department of Biology at http://www.york.ac.uk/biology/intranet/currentundergraduatestudents/common-pages/projects/

Kick-off planning

May 21st, 2014 by paul mayes

After two weeks of working on learning outcomes and assessment criteria, I’m now back to helping a college that wants to improve its project planning. By coincidence a US contact sent me today an excellent kick-off planning template from Northwestern University (see http://www.it.northwestern.edu/bin/docs/project-framework/Kickoff_Planning_Template_v092711.docx . Definitely one to add the 3 sources I have previously mentioned since I started in 2009.

Project staffing plan

May 9th, 2014 by paul mayes

I am gradually archiving to Mediafire all the online sources mentioned in this blog or sources I have used in the past. I was pleased to see a favourite 2006 source I used in various JISC projects is still available (amongst many other useful templates) at http://www.pma.doit.wisc.edu/templates.html. I am using this source currently to help with writing a new project staffing plan