Wk 5 Assignment – Work Smarter, Not Harder.

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.

1. Christy Tucker – Instructional Design Blog.

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/


2 responses to “Wk 5 Assignment – Work Smarter, Not Harder.

  1. Jake,

    That bar graph was an eye opener. I always assumed the design and development phase was on par with each other. The two links are different, but they do touch point on factoring uneventful changes that may arise thus increasing the development time. The first link is a gem for ID and it looks to be consistent and comprehensive in the method. This simplistic tool provides a great learning curve and may just improve turn around time when proposing an accurate cost estimate (Portney, Mantel,Meredith, Shafer & Sutton, 2008, p134).

    But here is a great link for you to peek at http://www.chapmanalliance.com/howlong/ . The cost to build a 1 hour training and the hours just to create


    Portny, S., Mantel, S., Meredith, J., Shafer, S., & Sutton, M. (2008). Project Management: Planning. scheduling, and controlling projects. Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  2. Hi Jake, pretty cool resources you described. I will definitely look into them, especially the Dale Munson article. How do you think you will use these resources in your future project management roles? Thanks for sharing.


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