How to Eat the Elephant: “e” Project Management Basics

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2013 - March 13, 2013

Steve Yacovelli

Director, Inclusion & Change

An eLearning project is actually two projects: a software project combined with a performance enhancement (“training”) project. That means bigger scope, more stakeholders, bigger risk, longer duration, more budget pressures, and many more opportunities for communication to fail. eLearning projects consist of a whole bunch of different activities, considerations, resources, and people, and all of these cogs need careful alignment. This kind of project management may not be in our toolkit as a learning or education professional.

Participants in this session will examine the whole project process for creating a high-quality “e” program, and share some tips and tricks that will help keep things on track, including the six steps to effective project management for creating these programs. You’ll also explore your specific role as a project manager for “e” as well as the roles of the other team players within the development team. You’ll leave with the tools and checklists needed to manage “e” implementations within your organization.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What your specific roles and responsibilities as project manager are
  • Who is part of your team for implementation (even if you’re wearing most of the hats!) and how to manage them
  • The six steps to effective project management for creating “e” programs
  • Your areas of focus as the PM in each of the six steps

Novice-to-advanced project managers, managers, directors, and VPs. Knowledge of learning technologies and general eLearning development would be helpful.


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