Project Management of Instructional Designer
For week 1 discussion I am focusing on the Project Manager position. I chose this because it is a topic I would like to learn more from. While reading the materials this week, I really connected with the comments from Hong Lin “Designers have a tendency to ignore the general picture and get bogged down in the specifics of design” (Lin, H., 2006). I have been found to be in this trap of worrying more about the design of the project and not enough thought going into the project planning phase of the scope and organization. Other work priorities came into play and the scope of the main project fell behind. This has caused great problems for this project and the business owner is not happy. Scope and organization are very important aspects that need to have much attention in the beginning of the projects. The attention spent here will save the instructional designer time and money.
It is important for us to keep the project running on time and to meet specifications for many reasons one in being our credibility as well as keeping the client happy, which is one of the factors leading to a successful project (Portny, S.E., Mantel, S.J., Meredith, J.R. Share, S.M., Sutton, M.M., & Kramer, B.E.; 2008). While I have worked with Project Charters (Greer, M.; 2010) as discussed in the reading, I have not worked as hard at keeping to the proposed schedule in my past projects. This is a learning gap I am hoping to work on through this course. I have seen the problems that can be caused by not organizing and preparing the project prior to commencing to the instructional design of the project.
I feel this class will allow me to hone my skill as a project manager to the projects I will have in the future. I am looking forward to what I will learn to bring a greater understanding of the projects purpose, scope, resources, obstacles, specifications and finally the success of the project. As I stated earlier, project management is a gap in my skills as an instructional designer.
Portny, S. E., Mantel, S. J., Meredith, J. R., Shafer, S. M., Sutton, M. M., & Kramer, B. E. (2008). Project management: Planning, scheduling, and controlling projects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Greer, M. (2008) The Project Management Minimalist: Just Enough PM to Rock Your Projects! Laureate custom Ed, Baltimore
Lin, H. (2006). Instructional project management: An emerging professional practice for design and training programs Workforce Education Forum, 33(2).
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