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Unravel the mysteries of project management at Nov. 5 workshop

Emory Report | Nov. 3, 2015

Does project management seem like a mystery, even a potentially scary undertaking? Bring your project to “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Project Management” on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

The Libraries and Information Technology Services Project Management Office is hosting the Bring Your Own Project (BYOP) session “to help you navigate through the mire of communication, scope, scheduling and more,” says Trisha Wilson, LITS project manager III.

Wilson and Scott Swann, project manager II, will conduct the workshop. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to come and bring any type of project.

Wilson says participants can submit projects early as well as bring them to the workshop. Early submissions should include the following:

•  Brief project description

•  Description of leadership commitment (high, medium or low)

•  Team makeup/resource dependencies, if known

•  Top two or three issues (pain points)

•  Timeline, if relevant

“Because we are drawing on Project Management Institute principles, we can offer guidance on virtually any kind of project, from organizing an event to upgrading a system to wedding planning,” she says.

In the past, participants have presented projects assigned by their supervisors from the Emory Police Department, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, School of Medicine, Goizueta Business School, Emory Healthcare, and others.

“We’ve also seen enterprise-wide projects that affect organizational changes in culture, processes and procedures,” Wilson adds.

“We know that people struggle every day with making progress and completing all manner of projects, so we feel it’s [our] job to help them,” she says, noting that the workshop can benefit anyone, regardless of project management level of expertise.

The LITS Project Management Office Community of Practice serves the entire campus, including Emory Healthcare, as a forum for anyone in the Emory community interested in sharing project management knowledge and experience to help deliver effective and efficient projects.

Three more sessions are planned for this academic year in January, March and May.

“The folks who attend this first one will dictate what we cover in [these future sessions], says Wilson.” We want to address what they feel are their most pressing concerns.”

For more information, contact Wilson at 404-727-7729.