During my research of resources that can be useful in planning Instructional Design projects or any project for that matter. I came across a downloadable book called Project Management.
The book discusses many aspects of project management. Including “process of initiation, planning, execution, control, and closeout that all projects share.” (Watt, 2014) The chapters are relatively short as they guide learners to focus on basic principles. What I liked about this book is that it was assessible everywhere as it is free and downloadable but featured many helpful aids. The book is equipped with various styles that may suit different types of learners. Under the contents page in the Back-Matter tab there are several files on each chapter. The files feature chapters in the form of PowerPoint, audio, and chapter questions. Because I am new to project management as far as structural components and overall breakdown of things such as budget, scheduling, and resource allocations I think this is a wonderful first step in getting acquainted with the material. It has examples like how to create a Work Structure Breakdown.
Another source I came across during my research was a product known as SmartSheet.
“Smartsheet is designed to unleash the benefits of greater work agility and collaboration by providing a powerful platform for organizations to plan, capture, manage, automate, and report on work. Smartsheet empowers teams to execute with speed and accountability – and make better decisions, faster.” (SmartSheet.com, 2005) While this resource is a bit more involved than the last one. The page it led me to known as the The Definitive Guide to Project Scheduling provided some great tips and helpful insights on the process. Providing information such as the benefits, overview, and comparisons such as project scheduling vs work breakdown structure. The page also includes resources, best and important tips to project scheduling. While this guide is free. The services that Smartsheet provide are not. Apart from the guide the site offers it product and services to create easier communication with stakeholders, prioritize tasks and activities, schedule and manage overall project process. The site also offers consultation, training, videos, and support from other sources (articles, blogs, community forums). I do think this would be a great resource for organizational purposes.
Smartsheet.com. (2005). The Definitive Guide to Project Scheduling. Retrieved from https://www.smartsheet.com/definitive-guide-project-scheduling
Watt, A. (2014). Project Management. Retrieved from https://opentextbc.ca/projectmanagement/chapter/chapter-10-project-schedule-planning-project-management/