EDU 627: Project Management…What’s it all about?

Project management? Project management. Just by looking at those two words it seems pretty clear that project management is all about managing projects.

DONE! That’s the blog for the week! 

HA! GOT YA! 

Project management might appear simple to the eye, but to the mind, project management is very complex. Haughey (2011) defines project management in a variety of ways. Haughey (2011) writes, “project management has a definite beginning and end. It is not a continuous process” (para 3). Project management also “uses various tools to measure accomplishments and track project tasks” (para 3). 

I’m sure you’re saying, “Well that all sounds great, but who does all of that? Who is the one that puts it together?” The answer is simple. The project manager. 

The project manager is, “the person assigned to the project by the organization to achieve the project requirements with a standardized approach” (Slide 4, Post University, 2014). Haughey (2011, para 6) lists the role of the project manager as the following:

  • direct, supervise, and control the project
  • define the project, reduce it to a set of manageable tasks, obtain appropriate resources, and build a team to perform the work
  • must set the final goal for the project and motivate his/her team to complete the project on time
  • must inform all stakeholders of progress on a regular basis
  • assess and monitor risks to the project
  • adapt to and manage change

As one can see, the project manager has a lot of responsibilities that they need to manage and in order to fulfill these responsibilities  and it is essential that they are organized and focused on the task at hand. One of the things that can effect the ease of the project is what is called the triple constraint. The triple constraint consists of cost, time, and scope, which effects the overall quality of the project. I find it interesting that when discussing projects, the triple constraint is discussed. In the education world, we always talk about how cost, time and scope are issues related to new things that should be implemented, however, because of those three things there are always constraints in the actual implementation. I know for me, I am definitely going to start using the terminology, “the triple constraint” more often.

As far as my own learning and practice is concerned, I now understand that I have a lot of work ahead of me. I am currently managing  a project that honestly, every time I have to do something for this project I get a bit panicky because I’m a perfectionist to a fault. What I am doing is developing and presenting ALL of the Family and Consumer Sciences professional development for the middle school teachers. We had our first professional development together on the 22nd and it went well. We collaborated and developed a plan that we want to work on for the year but we are now waiting to get it approved by downtown administrators (we don’t have a supervisor). With this project and this course, I am looking forward to learning how I might need to alter my practice to become a stronger project manager/instructional designer. 

For more information about project management, watch this video below that uses information straight from PMI (Project Management Institute)!

References

Haughey, D. (2011). An introduction to project management. Project Smart. Retrieved from http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/introduction-to-project-management.php

Projectmanagervideos. (2014). What is project management? [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztmaTF_Qs9A

 

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