Project Management 101: Planning Your Project, a 2-part webinar series
In February 2015, the Coalition hosted a two-part, interactive learning webinar to introduce the fundamentals of project management: planning a project. Colleagues from archives, libraries and museums joined together for this experience. All of our fields struggle with unstable budgets and dynamic technology, so learning to think and act in terms of projects is critical—it can be the difference between turning an idea into a successful, resourced initiative or not. Led by representatives from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the webinars focused on the key elements of a project plan: the idea, the audiences, funding options, a work plan, an evaluation, and more. We discussed how to critically examine your project ideas, asking, Is it fundable? Valuable? Sustainable? And if not, what could you do differently? While learning these fundamentals, webinar participants also benefited from the insights and experiences shared by fellow participants from across archives, library, and museum institutions.
Part 1: Key Elements of a Project Plan
The first session describes how careful planning leads to more successful projects. Topics include how to develop an idea, define your audience, look at funding options, do an environmental scan, assess your resource capacity and needs, and develop a project scope and schedule for implementation. Attendees were invited to use the two weeks between webinars to outline a project idea based on these key principles. Submitted project plans were reviewed by webinar moderators with individual feedback provided for each submission.
- View Video Recording (on YouTube)
- View slides (pdf)
- View chat (xls)
- Worksheet: Articulating the Idea (doc)
- Worksheet: Identifying Audiences and Key Constituencies (doc)
- Additional Resources Shared
Part 2: Evaluating Your Project Plan
In this highly interactive second session, we used sample project ideas and case studies to look at how we can assess the strength of a project plan before it is implemented. We also discussed other project management resources and where to learn more about the topic.