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Project Management: Overview

Project Management for Researchers

Project management helps you to manage your time, resources and the expectations of others. There are a variety of resources on project management for researchers, based on where you are in your career (graduate student, post doc, faculty member) as well as by discipline (Computer Science, Biology) or methodology (Digital Humanities).

project management steps

  1. Concept and Initiation: What are you trying to accomplish?
  2. Definition and Planning: Define scope, timeline, and communications.
  3. Launch or Execution: Start doing the work.
  4. Performance and Control: Make sure you are staying on track and on time.
  5. Project Closing: Finished! Wrap up the project.

Introduction to Project Management for Research

This video goes over the principles of project planning & project management as applied to research projects. Thinking about these as skills that you can learn and get better at with practice will be helpful in your academic career.

Your takeaways will include:

  • Basic concepts of WHEN & WHY project management is needed
  • How the concept of agility can help your research project

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