Wk 5 Assignment – Work Smarter, Not Harder.
The nice thing about this blog assignment is the simple fact that there are many resources available to save time. Why reinvent the wheel when others have created powerful tools to help with both estimating costs and tracking schedule. Look through some of these resources I hope to utilize the saying, “work smarter, not harder”. Below contains two resources I found to help the project manager estimate cost a and scheduling.
Tucker provides some useful tips and templates to create schedules. These templates are located on Google docs and can be copied and altered to fit anyone’s situation. As opposed to spending the time creating the layout of a schedule, a project manager can use the template and spend more time working on the numbers and not the format. Tucker even explains how to use her template and make a copy of it for anyone to alter the information.
2. Dale Munson – Estimating Instructional Design and Development Time
As we have noticed, this week estimation is critical for the success of the project. According to Scott Price (2005) project managers “milestones are usually missed because of poor definition or lack of proper planning” (para. 1). Switching gears from templates, the above article by Munson focuses on the process the project manager should take. Munson has some excellent information on his experiences as an instructional designer and the ADDIE process. Munson focuses his article on why the development stage of ADDIE takes longer than any other stage. Munson states, “We need therefore to expand our old ways, extending the industry-standard ratios to include the increased number and complexity of significant conditions that affect our effort-hour estimates” (as cited in Price, 2005).
Price, S. (2005). Estimating Instructional Design and Development Time. Retrieved from http://www.learncentrix.com/estimating-instructional-design
Tucker, C. (2013). Time Tracking Template for Instructional Design. Retrieved from http://christytucker.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/time-tracking-template-for-instructional-design/