Roles and responsibilities of project managers in instructional design


hi everyone Chris here and today I want
to continue talking about project management in instructional design it’s
one of the key things that an instructional designer does and
specifically today I wanted to talk about the different roles and
responsibilities of a project manager so essentially we talked yesterday a little
bit about the different phases of project management and what a project
actually is and so the project manager is in charge of really keeping all of
the elements of a project together you know in a sort of package so the project
manager defines the scope or more often negotiates the scope does the planning
and resource allocation finding the different schedule organizing that
laying out budgets the project manager is often almost always the person who
has to document all of the different phases of the project everything that’s
going on and communicating that with the entire team as well as any external
stakeholders managing the team stepping ahead of any potential obstacles pulling
risks out of other members of the team so that everybody can adapt and stay
nimble and this requires some serious skill primarily the project manager is a
leader and you know it’s it’s an interesting place to be because you’re
not always the direct supervisor of the people who are working on the project
but here you are in a very leadership role so having leadership skills is very
very important for a project manager to have obviously you need to be a very
good communicator because you’re pulling information out of people and you’re
also then communicating the status of all of these moving parts to the entire
team coordinating status update meetings and
even just little update memos as needed and through all of this you have to be
trusted so that you can be given truthful information especially
information that people might be embarrassed about you need to be able to
manage any conflict that comes up and this can be interpersonal conflict this
can be ego conflict this can be technical conflicts people wanting to do
one thing or another which form are we going to do which how are we to encode
this video what’s our bitrate so you have to have
technical knowledge on top of it all and all of these different moving pieces and
you also have to be able to you can see where my notes are they’re over here you
need to be able to delegate and be a coach so that’s kind of this really big
bundle and that’s why being a project manager ends up being a big deal you
need to be able to coordinate all of these moving pieces coordinate all of
these people keep everybody on the same page as well as be technically competent
enough to be able to step in and help when needed and to be able to tell when
someone’s trying to pull the wool over your eyes so it’s a lot and luckily
these are all skills that we can learn leadership is a skill that can be
developed communication skills can be developed conflict resolution and
conflict mediation can be developed even if you’re as thin-skinned as I am all of
these different things are things that we can learn and develop over time so I
think that over the next few days I want to step through the different elements
of project management and I think that tomorrow I will start with the project
Charter what goes into a project charter why do we even need one anyway that’s
the topic for tomorrow and I will talk with you then

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