Tracy's DMP 2013 Weekly Tasks and Reflections

Work In Progress

This week, I have spent quite a bit of time trying to work on a project plan. I feel that strong planning up front, strong team expectations and removing ambiguity takes the stress and pressure out of team work. I know the team has already been stressed about the amount of work, the size of the team, the tight timelines and the difficulty of knowing where to start. I feel that since they have allowed me to project manage, developing a strong plan from the beginning can help the team to feel better about moving forward. As a smaller team (in the holidays), we had talked about using Garrett’s (2003) Nine Pillars as a framework for organising the project. We were all familiar with this framework from the DMDP course. Another team member had also recommended using Standford Design School’s methods, mindsets and design process- so I have been reading up, mainly using their ‘Bootcamp Bootleg’ resource (Plattner, Nd). The final resource that has been useful in developing a project plan comes from a project management perspective. The Project Management Institute produces the “PMBOK Guide” (PMI, 2008)- a handbook for project management using their recognised methods and processes. This has been useful tool for crafting a project management plan.

Garrett’s Nine Pillars:

Garrett’s Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams, Accessed from

The design process SDS use consists of:

SDS Design Process, Accessed from

The other interesting resource is their mindsets, which I think could be very valuable for our team:

PMBOK’s Project Management Planning:

Developing a Project Management Plan, (PMI 2008, p.47)

Developing a Project Management Plan, (PMI 2008, p.47)

Using these models and the particular needs and constraints of this project, we have suggested working on a modified process which will work for this project:

Plan- Empathize- Define- Ideate- Clarify- Design- Prototype- Test

Using this process, all the tasks can be divided up into these phases and the tasks can be spread across the team- according to interest and need, but also so that we can ensure all team members can be working in all phases of the project so it can be delivered on time.

Garrett, JJ 2003, The Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams. Accessed from

Plattner, H Nd. Bootcamp Bootleg. Accessed from

Project Management Institute 2008, A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 4th Ed. PMI, Pennsylvania

Goals and Expectations

Coming into this course, it’s the last semester of study and I’ve spent quite a bit of time assessing ‘where to from here’ once this degree is over and how I can use this subject to move forward.

My electives in the degree have all been in education and eLearning, which correlates more closely with my professional background. I have noticed in my field that there are quite  a number of eLearning professionals who have very strong skills in the education domain- understanding about learners, course structures, LMS’, theories of learning online, etc… but that they often don’t fully understand the technologies out there, or theories and practices in multimedia design. I think that this degree will allow me to ‘straddle’ both disciplines and bring traditionally separate domains together. If I could use this course to demonstrate a balanced idea/ product, it would give me something I could show to future employers in a field I’d like to expand into.

When I came into this degree, I was in different employment and was on a slightly different track. I had come into this degree with a very ‘hands-on’ job- where I was doing a lot of designing, creating and training. I now have more management tasks and I’m doing less of the ‘hand-on’ work myself. I expect this type of work will continue. Some of this I like, but it has also thrown some challenges. I would like to be someone who can help bring the best out of everyone, organise teams and understand about project management techniques, approaches and processes that are effective and useful.

My learning objectives for the course include:

  • Managing a project form idea to completion with a team
  • Learning about project management, identifying PM strengths and areas for growth and demonstrating growth
  • Understanding of all aspects of the design process in order to effectively guide a team to producing the best deliverables we’re capable of
  • Using creative design to craft a platform that supports and enhances online learning

Skills and Knowledge

  • Creativity and getting a team to be creative, pooling ideas
  • Project management
  • All aspects of the design process at a high level to be able to get a ‘big picture’ view
  • The eLearning landscape and how platforms can impact on effective/ engaged learning