Aimed at research-active staff in the early stages of their careers, this four-part series introduces key tools and techniques for managing any research project. This practical course follows best practice project management principles linked to establishing good project foundations and scoping research projects, creating a robust and evidence-based project plan, and tried-and-tested ways to plan for uncertainty and risk in research projects.
These sessions combine and build on each other to provide an introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress within the landscape of research projects. In particular where time constraints (e.g. funding period), limited budget (e.g. awarded grant), competing priorities (e.g. research, teaching, team or line management support) and scarce resources (e.g. individual or small team, access to equipment/facilities/data) compete to provide a challenging backdrop to the ‘real work’, i.e. the research itself.
This online course will be as hands-on and practical as possible. Participants will begin to apply techniques directly to their own work and thereby create ‘live’ outputs. Groupwork and discussion will enable sharing of project experiences and reflection.
Who should attend?
University of Warwick Research Active Staff (staff on Research-focussed, Teaching-focussed and Research and Teaching contracts).
Organisational Development do not accept applications from postgraduates or research students. Students should refer to the Student Career and Skills website for details of workshops designed specifically to meet their needs.
During this online programme participants will have:
- Learned the importance of formally initiating every project regardless of size and been introduced to the fundamental and ubiquitous concept of the project triangle.
- Discussed the influence that stakeholders can hold and how this will affect the direction and outputs of the project.
- Considered techniques for defining the scope of a project and identifying and managing differing expectations.
- Been shown techniques to establish goals and deliverables to guide them through the project execution to evaluation phases.
- Been introduced the work breakdown structure tool which is fundamental in the planning process.
- Considered methods that allow the introduction of uncertainty into task estimates.
- Been shown sequencing and resourcing techniques, and how to create a Gantt chart “properly” so it becomes a useful tool and not just a paper exercise!
- Learned various techniques for identifying sources of potential issues and risks and considered methods to deal with these proactively.
- Been shown how to integrate these solutions into a usable project plan and calculate time contingency for unforeseen events.
- Reflected on application of the tools and techniques to their own current and upcoming research projects.
Any pre-work will be emailed to participants prior to the event