A project is temporary and has a defined beginning and end

Posiview believes choosing the right Project Management tool can contribute in a large way towards a project’s success.

The managing team and the project team at the personal as well as project level contributes in achieving targets and reaching milestones. Change requests are unavoidable in any project and can be last-minute ones. Hence planning for the contingencies is of primary importance.

Project Management

Managing eLearning Projects is extremely important for successful eLearning course design. The Project Management approach we adopt for any project will depend on the project type and project timeline.

We believe that developing one eLearning course cannot be the same as developing another eLearning course. No two eLearning courses can be identical.

Therefore different approaches are preferred for managing different projects. Based on the type of project, we can use any one of the three project management approaches in eLearning development namely, ADDIE (Waterfall), Rapid and Agile.

ADDIE

We use this model for managing most of our eLearning development projects. As this is a structure process it gives us better control over the courseware requirement. Also in the projects that require documentation for compliance we adopt this model. It takes longer to develop course using this model therefore we prefer this approach if the course has longer shelf life. The ADDIE model is a traditional “waterfall” project management approach and is straightforward to follow the process for eLearning development. We also prefer this as the quality assurance is more stringent and quality control is easier to implement with this model than other approaches.

There are five steps in this process:
1) Analyze
2) Design
3) Develop
4) Implement
5) Evaluate

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RAPID

Rapid development is an alternative approach and is not a standard approach to project management. It is a way of getting the development done rapidly using Waterfall model. This is implemented by one or two persons playing the role of subject matter expert, instructional designer and courseware developer. The typical tools used to design and develop the courseware are Microsoft PowerPoint or Articulate Storyline. Rapid approaches are unstructured, completed more rapidly and at a lesser cost.

We use this approach when the timeline is very short and where the shelf life is limited, for example, product training.

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AGILE

Agile approach to project management is a structured approach. We use this approach as it is an iterative and incremental model that allows for rapid and flexible response to changes. This is termed as a prototype and produces functional courseware very early in the development cycle. It gives the customer an experience of the final product and they can provide feedback on this prototype.

Agile project management is also gaining popularity for eLearning projects in recent years. We adopt Agile model when the project is of critical nature or need regular feedback and monitoring from the client. In this case we prefer the customer to be very closely involved in development. This ensures customer satisfaction because the project team can seek approval of their client and can incorporate changes as may deem necessary. Agile model is suitable for bespoke projects when developing courseware for external customers. It is a good approach when the customer is undecided on the details of what they want the courseware to be like at the start of the project.

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