Learning from a Project “ Post-mortem”

Pardon my tardiness all, I have been having one of those weeks, New Schedule, New responsibilities and this assignment fell through the cracks of me keeping on task with all I needed to get done.

With that said:

The most recent project that I worked on with a group was for our first Instructional design course, where we created an Instructional plan to teach/ train students new and old how to access and successfully maneuver the learning management system Blackboard. The purpose was to provide students enrolled in distance education programs knowledge and tools to be successful through out their journey.  I worked on this project with four other individual and we each assumed a role from the acronym ADDIE, the Instructional Design process used to create instructional material.

The project was a success we were able to create material sufficient enough that could be beneficial to learners.  One of the first things I can think of that contributed to the success of our project. Communication, my group used every form of communication possible within the distance learning community. We communicated with each other about every aspect of the project.  Although we each had individually assigned portions of the project, we took advantage of the knowledge our teammates had, suggestions, opinions and we discussed them at the start of each week and assignment. A leader was assigned each week, so I guess one could kinda assume that role as also the project manager. That individual along with the rest of the team discussed times to meet and topic s to be discussed to ensure we stayed on task.

Another contribution to the success is that of the project is that we address any issues anyone was having right away. We create a plan and use that as a guide to assist us, this way each person was able to keep on track what stage we were at in the project if the anything happen.

I believe that the only part of the PM process that would have contributed to the success is if there was one individual assigned to strictly do the project managing work, like schedule, communicating needs, ensuring each task each week was completed and was within what was being asked in the assignment.

If I had to imagine myself involved in a project, where a project manager was present, I would say that it give the outcome of the project a greater chance to be successful.

 

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One thought on “Learning from a Project “ Post-mortem”

  1. You have said, “One of the first things I can think of that contributed to the success of our project. Communication, my group used every form of communication possible within the distance learning community.’ I agree with you communication is the key to the success of many things. I believe that being able to communicate effectively will cause the designer and the stakeholders to become one. you also stated that, ‘ I believe that the only part of the PM process that would have contributed to the success is if there was one individual assigned to strictly do the project managing work, like schedule, communicating needs, ensuring each task each week was completed and was within what was being asked in the assignment.’ I strongly agree. A lecture of mine once told me that, ” a good manager is one who knows how to delegate duties in order to get the job or the project done.” According to Portny, (2008). pg 108,” Project managers can use a Linear Responsibility Chart to further clarify who is responsible for various project aspects and in what sequence.”

    Reference
    Portny, S. E., Mantel, S. J., Meredith, J. R., Shafer, S. M., Sutton, M. M., & Kramer, B. E. (2008). Project management: Planning, scheduling, and controlling projects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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