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/
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
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
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
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
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.
This week I have been writing some new material on stakeholders management. To quote from material at Oxford Brookes University:
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
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.
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
I’ve just been told I had 3584 viewings of my Slideshare presentations during 2013. These presentations date from 2009 – 2011 when I was producing a lot of draft ideas on project management for the communities of practice that followed my JISC projects. The presentations can be seen at http://www.slideshare.net/paulmayes/presentations