Instructional design projects can grow in complexity. Simple ones may involve only a few people; complicated ones may involve teams of many people to oversee instructional design, content graphic design, and delivery systems. It is therefore important to develop a plan as a basis for monitoring the progress and scope of each project.
Project planning has never been more important. This is especially true in large-scale multimedia projects where scope creep can drive up the costs and lead to long delays if projects are not artfully managed. That is most true when many experts must be coordinated in an instructional design project team (Beer 2000; Conrad and Training Links 2000; Driscoll 1998).
In this chapter, we will describe how to develop a project management plan for an instructional design project, beginning with a brief discussion about the background of project management and planning. We will then describe key issues to consider when planning and monitoring projects. We will conclude the chapter with a few words about judging and justifying project plans.
According to The Standards, the ability to “plan and manage instructional design projects is an advanced competency and it includes six performance statements, three are advanced and three are managerial” (Koszalka, Russ-Eft, and Reiser 2013, 66). The performance statements indicate that to plan and manage instructional design projects, instructional ...