For trainers and training managers, the phrase “project management” is becoming more important all the time. Building a new workshop or CBT module? It’s a project! Assessing a department’s training needs? It’s a project!
Let’s face it. Every facet of our jobs boils down to project management. But where can you learn how to improve your project management skills? I recommend Michael Greer’s Project Management Resources .
The site’s owner
Greer has written four books on project management, and one is specifically targeted for instructional design projects:
He also provides a variety of training and consulting services on project management processes and techniques. This body of work provides the background and the resources for the significant set of materials available on this site.
The site is divided into two major content areas:
- Project Management for any Organization
- Instructional Development (ID) Project Management
In addition to these areas, the site contains information about Greer’s seminar and speaking schedule. You can read summaries and reviews of his books (and, of course, order them), and view his collection of favorite links.
In the two major content areas, the site offers a variety of resources and information. Since the site is content-heavy (and this review can only be so long), I’ll review one resource briefly from both areas so you can see the value of the site.
Twenty key project manager actions and results
One of the “free handouts” on the site is titled “Twenty Key Project Manager Actions and Results.” The title alone whetted my appetite for what’s inside! The actions are organized according to their support of the Five Essential Project Management Processes: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.
The article appears in table format, describing an action and listing the results that should come from this action. The descriptions are clear and specific behaviorally, yet general enough that any organization should be able to implement them. This article would be extremely helpful for coaching project leaders who are having trouble setting expectations before a project begins.
Estimating instructional development time
One reason this site is so relevant for trainers is Greer’s experience and focus on instructional design and development projects. In this article, he tackles something anyone who’s ever designed training has had to handle—estimating how long the development will take.
This short article helps you think past the oft-quoted ratios to help you build an estimate that will work for you and that can be defended within your organization. In the article, several other resources are mentioned (including one of Greer’s books) that can help you do these estimates.
If you’re looking to improve your skills in project management, or if you want to find background material as you build a workshop or module, Michael Greer’s Project Management Resources is the place to go. The site isn’t very graphically interesting—and it uses frames, which many Web surfers don’t like—but it provides something many Web sites don’t—lots of valuable information.
The site does a nice job of describing Greer’s services and each of his books in an informative way, but you don’t feel like your arm is being twisted to buy something. The understated approach to marketing makes this site a great place to glean information. Overall, I think this is one site that deserves a spot in your bookmarks or favorites.Table A summarizes my review.
|Here’s the summary of Kevin’s review of Michael Greer’s Project Management Resources site.|
Kevin Eikenberry is President of the Discian Group , a learning consulting company in Indianapolis, IN. To comment on this review, or to recommend a great site for trainers, please follow this link to write to Kevin.