303 - Project Management 101 for IDs
Not only are designers responsible for creating large and small learning solutions, they are often the project manager as well. This work involves producing time and budget estimates, while also devising and maintaining formal plans and leading the work of others. How do you do this effectively and efficiently without a trained project manager, especially when under a time crunch or for particularly complex projects?
In this session you'll learn practical tips about providing cost estimates, regardless of the learning mode. We'll approach a few ways to present scope and your plan to stakeholders— from sponsor to teammates. We'll discuss some planning tools and templates you can use to create and update your plan when you don't have MS Project. We'll discuss some tips and tricks to help keep people on track and we'll address why it's important to mitigate risk (and what you can do about it). You'll leave the session with tactics that play to your strengths when managing projects.
In this session, you will learn:
- What you need to consider to effectively size a project (gut feel versus systematic analysis)
- How to communicate your plan to various stakeholders (sponsors to those building out the deliverables)
- What needs to be included in the plan and why
- What techniques you can use to create a high-level plan, with enough detail to tell the story
- What pitfalls to avoid or mitigate throughout the project