discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds
1884 – 1962
American civil rights activist/author Options in resource management
Project planning/organizing class projects
This sequence will help you to consider your project in
stages,whether a group or individual project. You
may need less detail, but at least consider each action category.
Begin early: It is never too early to start.
By starting early you simply get started! have more time to
finish the project,
and guarantee yourself adequate time to do a good job.
Determine the time commitment.Estimate long the project, presentation or paper will
take to develop and complete
Determine how hard the material is to research
Break the project down into manageable sections.
Use the tasks below, add a column "done by" date to help you
organize yourself and the project.
Class/course and teacher
Assignment requirements (in the words of your teacher)
Requirements as you understand them
Operations (when the product is deployed into its working
Consider: Feasibility/ Analysis / Design / Build / Implement /
Consider: Initiate/ Requirements Definition/ Technical Design/
System Construction/ Installation/ Production/ Defined
Deliverables/ Formal Reviews
Estimating: timing meeting schedule, budget
Do not confuse the project with its objective:
Objectives summarize why. They can be:
SMART: Specific |
Measurable | Attainable |
Relevant | Time-bound from Blanchard, Zigarmi, and Zigarmi,
"Leadership and the One Minute Manager" or
DUMB: Doable | Understandable | Manageable |
Brainstorm resources to complete deliverable
project planning tools
(Gantt, Critical Path, PERT) project production tools
(word processing, demonstration software (PowerPoint), etc. Time
People and experts
Resource centers and organizations
Technology and software applications
literature, books, Internet, Team: number, skills, motivation, turnover
Physical (meeting) spaces
How familiar are you with the subject matter? Its
What lessons have you learned from similar projects?
What alternative topics and projects can meet the
Can the size of the project be refined?
What are the risks?
Impact on stakeholders
What are the environmental constraints?
Are our resources adequate?
Are resources spread too thin?
Are our time estimations accurate?
Are there too many concurrent tasks?
Is this a proven plan?
Is the plan realistic?
Design--how the specifications will be met)
Implementation--how will you develop the final
Integration--are there important components that
will need to work together
Establish project timeline in phases
Identify each phase's milestone/deliverable and cost
Prevent runaway projects and scope creep with planning,
vision, leadership Identify each phase's work units by tasks and
Identify who is responsible for what
if a group
project Allocate resources
especially restraints and
control Track progress and contingency plans
Verify all with instructor
Research--identify what resources are available
text book research
plan for gaps
mid-stream check-in with team members and/or
Outline finished product
Write/compile document presentation
Final project identification
Project title and code
Project objective clearly stated (one sentence)
Class/course and teacher
Project leader and group members
Identify related projects
Test Document & create bibliography Review
Objectives, Scope, Possible Courses of Action, Pro's and
Create, rehearse, present final product
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