Online courses on project management

April 23rd, 2015 by paul mayes

I have been pleased that a number of college staff have acted on my recommendation and undertaken more structured training or academic courses on project management. These courses both improve or expand their skills as well as getting credentials their achievement. A recent article summarises the features of 5 online course of which two are free. My college cleints have undertaken courses with both of the free providers and were impressed with the experience. The article is at http://blog.capterra.com/the-5-best-online-project-management-courses/

Fitting in project based learning (PBL) into the curriculum

April 15th, 2015 by paul mayes

If you are interested in PBL or even the occasional use of projects for learning, then a recent paper gives very good practical advise on fitting the idea into an existing curriculum. It can be found at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/fitting-in-pbl-beth-holland

Consensus building

April 1st, 2015 by paul mayes

Recently I have been re-visiting the Six Sigma Green Belt skills I gained during  pleasant work at the Wilton Centre in 2007. Study on the new ASQ certified Body of Knowledge threw up a very useful article on consensus building in project teams – another current area of work for me. The article is at http://www.isixsigma.com/implementation/change-management-implementation/building-team-consensus/

Staff development course

March 25th, 2015 by paul mayes

I have been revising the outline of a course for staff on project management. Among good practice reported to me by contacts were the course outlines at http://www.sanjac.edu/sites/default/files/234/SJC%20-%20Online%20Project%20Management%20Certificate%20Program.pdf  and (under the “What will I learn” tab) at http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/short-courses/project-management-an-introduction#course-detail=1

E-learning project management

March 13th, 2015 by paul mayes

In advance of a meeting on improving e-learning projects, I noticed that I hadn’t blogged at the time about an important series of 4 articles on this subject that appeared in 2014. The fourth article (with links back to the previous three) is at http://elearningindustry.com/e-learning-project-management-tips-and-considerations

Risk log

March 8th, 2015 by paul mayes

As part of a new presentation on risks in projects, I have been able to point to an excellent template for a log of current risks in a project. It is produced by the University of Sheffield and contains examples of real risks that have occurred in their projects. Well worth accessing at http://www.shef.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.90441!/file/Risk_Log_Example.doc

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