Category Archives: Managing Projects

How well do you know ADDIE?

(Really?) Take the self-assessment at the end of Chapter 4 of the newly published book, An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters.

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Preparing a Persuasive Business Cases for Major Online Learning Investments

  A business case serves as a prospectus for proposed investment in a costly eLearning courseware project or in technology for learning. A business case provides a structured framework for investigating and reporting the costs and returns of these projects. … Continue reading

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Quality: It’s a Judgment Call

by Saul Carliner and Lola Fredrickson Imagine this. You run an information development agency and have been working for five years to land a particular account. The director of information systems at that company finally invites you to bid on … Continue reading

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Project Management 5. Identify the Project Team and Members’ Responsibilities

As the last part of planning the project, you need to identify all of the people who will be assigned to working on it. In some instances, the people have already been assisting with the project in the design phase, … Continue reading

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Worksheet: Establishing Quality Guidelines for the Instructional or Information Product

This is a worksheet to guide you through the process of establishing product guidelines for a project. Editorial guidelines Primary style guide ________________________ Primary dictionary ________________________ Corporate (organizational) extensions (state where they are documented and who is responsible for them) … Continue reading

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Project Management Overview

In the fields of educational technology and technical communication, project management refers to efforts to plan the design and development of instructional programs and communication products, or plan for the purchase, customization, and implementation of new hardware and software that … Continue reading

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Project Management 1. Establish a Project Charter

A project charter is “the signed document that formally defines and authorizes a project” (Taylor, 2008).  It provides an initial overview of the purpose and scope of the project and some of its requirements, and provides a basis for more … Continue reading

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Template for Preparing a Project Charter

Part 1:Purpose of the project.Explore: Why is the organization undertaking it? What benefit does the organization hope to receive at the end? _______________________________________________ Part 2:Scope of the project.State what the project covers and, if needed, what it does not cover. … Continue reading

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Project Management 2. Identify Assumptions Underlying the Project

The budget, schedule, and skills needed to make a project succeed are based on assumptions about the project. So, before you make a commitment to complete a product within a certain schedule and budget with the skills of a particular … Continue reading

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Worksheet: Scheduling a Project

This is a worksheet to identify the specific milestones in a project. Note that the types of milestones reported to a sponsor differ from those needed to actually develop a course or communication product. One of the challenges of scheduling … Continue reading

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