June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
12.414.1 - 12.414.5
Crafting an International Road Map to Global Learning and Project Management
Projects do not fail from a lack of reports, data sheets, graphs, or statistics; they fail due to a lack of effective communication and coordination. Whether the work is local and small in scope or large and coordinated over several continents, information access influences a team’s productivity and performance.
The coordination of international engineering distance learning and research project management is inherently complicated. The need for simple to use, easily accessible tools to assist with distance learning communication, research project management, and process tracking is rapidly growing. These tools can help to control local and international relationships between professors and students, research leads and associates, industry project managers and development team members and headquarters and satellite offices.
In this paper, we are proposing new techniques in utilizing off-the-shelf software to effectively provide project stakeholders with a common road map to ensure consistent delivery of information and data tracking via the web.
In order to effectively respond to the diverse challenges of rapid globalization in both industry and higher level education, effective management tools and techniques are required to balance the needs for information access, resource synchronization and task execution. The process of managing the complex and often times disparate elements within a project must be optimized in order to provide stakeholders with the most desirable outcomes.
Project management methodologies, regardless how good, are simply pieces of paper1, unless there is a culture to experiment, accept, and use project management tools. The project management tools and techniques discussed in this paper are applicable for project coordination efforts for both industry and academic projects such as distance learning course delivery.
Sample techniques used in industry
In an effort to drive high performance and results while keeping costs down, outsourcing project development efforts is a growing trend throughout industry. At Harcourt Inc., a variety of techniques are used to manage software product development. These standardized tools and techniques are used for both small scale internally developed projects as well as large scale projects whose development is coordinated over multiple continents.
The use of Microsoft Project software partnered with a fully accessible project-dedicated web site provide a highly effective tool set that allows for the coordination and reporting of project tasks, timelines and resources.
Motlagh, B., & Shahir-Motlagh, M., & Rahrooh, A. (2007, June), Crafting An International Road Map To Global Learning And Project Management Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2101
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