Library Home

Project Management for Instructional Designers

(8 reviews)

Multiple Authors, Brigham Young University

Pub Date: 2012

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

Read this book

Conditions of Use



Learn more about reviews.

Reviewed by Norb Thomes, Learning Systems and Services Coordinator, Winona State University on 5/22/18

The book covers the subject very well. Sections cover all aspects of project management from the initiation of the project through closure. Overall, I would say it presents a good general-purpose definition. I wish it had further integrated... read more


Reviewed by Simon Ringsmuth, Faculty Member, Teaching Support Specialist, and Instructional Designer, Oklahoma State University on 5/22/18

The book is quite thorough in how it addresses the various aspects of Project Management, and I appreciated how each chapter mentioned specifically how it applied to the PMBOK (the standard text for Project Managers) and related to the types of... read more


Reviewed by Megan Kohler, Lecturer/Learning Designer, The Pennsylvania State University on 2/2/18

Overall this textbook a great introduction to project management. It’s light, easy to follow, and provides valuable information to the readers. I personally felt it was a little light on connecting project management to instructional design, but... read more


Reviewed by Ghizzi Dunlop, Learning technologist, University of the West of England on 8/16/17

This text is more than comprehensive enough as an introduction to project management for the needs of Instructional designers in the Higher Education sector here in the UK. I cannot speak to the private sector or workplace educational systems. I... read more


Reviewed by Laura Pasquini, Lecturer, University of North Texas on 4/12/17

This book is designed to frame learning design principle in a project management format. Although there are foundational items shared around project management Professional (PMP) certification that is not the intention of this textbook. The Guide... read more


Reviewed by Rose Baker, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas on 4/12/17

The book is well-designed for the intended audience of instructional designers. Presentation of topics such as systems theory, Darnall-Preston Complexity Index, and the real-world examples give a foundation to instructional designers to improve... read more


Reviewed by Will Monroe, Interim Co-Director for the Library and Information Technology, LSU Law Center on 2/9/17

Text is designed to provide an overview of project management principles in instructional design. Although it is distinguished from project management certification preparation, it opens each chapter with references to foundational texts used for... read more


Reviewed by Peggy Quesenberry, Trainer/Instructor II, Virginia Tech on 2/9/17

This text is quite complete in covering project management tasks from initially identifying problems with the client through completion and final report. There is a section related to working with the client when suggestions are made and perhaps... read more


Table of Contents

Chapter 1
1 Introduction to Project Management
1.1 Project Management Defined
1.2 Project Definition and Context
1.3 Key Skills of the Project Manager
1.4 Introduction to the Project Management Knowledge Areas

Chapter 2
2 Project Profiling
2.1 Using a Project Profile
2.2 Project Profiling Models
2.3 Complex Systems and the Darnall-Preston Complexity Index
2.4 Darnall-Preston Complexity Index Structure
2.5 Using the Darnall-Preston Complexity Index to Measure Organizational Complexity

Chapter 3
3 Project Phases and Organization
3.1 Project Phases and Organization
3.2 Project Phases and Organization

Chapter 4
4 Understanding and Meeting Client Expectations
4.1 Including the Client
4.2 Understanding Values and Expectations
4.3 Dealing with Problems

Chapter 5
5 Working with People on Projects
5.1 Working with Individuals
5.2 Working with Groups and Teams
5.3 Creating a Project Culture

Chapter 6
6 Communication Technologies
6.1 Types of Communication
6.2 Selecting Software

Chapter 7
7 Starting a Project
7.1 Project Selection
7.2 Project Scope
7.3 Project Start-Up
7.4 Alignment Process
7.5 Communications Planning

Chapter 8
8 Project Time Management
8.1 Types of Schedules
8.2 Elements of Time Management
8.3 Critical Path and Float
8.4 Managing the Schedule
8.5 Project Scheduling Software

Chapter 9
9 Costs and Procurement
9.1 Estimating Costs
9.2 Managing the Budget
9.3 Identifying the Need for Procuring Services
9.4 Procurement of Goods
9.5 Selecting the Type of Contract
9.6 Procurement Process

Chapter 10
10 Managing Project Quality
10.1 Standards of Quality and Statistics
10.2 Development of Quality as a Competitive Advantage
10.3 Relevance of Quality Programs to Project Quality
10.4 Planning and Controlling Project Quality
10.5 Assuring Quality

Chapter 11
11 Managing Project Risk
11.1 Defining Risk
11.2 Risk Management Process
11.3 Project Risk by Phases
11.4 Project Risk and the Project Complexity Profile

Chapter 12
12 Project Closure
12.1 Project Closure

Audio Recordings

About the Book

Project Management for Instructional Designers (PM4ID) is – as the name suggests – a book about project management tailored specifically for instructional designers. This book is a revise / remix of a pre-existing, openly licensed project management textbook which was donated to the commons by a benefactor that desires to be attributed as Anonymous.

PM4ID includes many new features and improvements to the original book, including:

  • Alignment of book chapters with the PMBOK, which supports readers in preparing for the Project Management Professional certification,
  • A series of video cases of project managers working in the instructional design area, integrated into every chapter,
  • Multiple versions of the book, including HTML, PDF, ePub, Kindle, and a text-to-speech mp3 audio version of the book,
  • New examples written specifically for readers coming from the instructional design perspective,
  • and more.

About the Contributors


The second edition of Project Management for Instructional Designers was created by students in David Wiley’s IPT 682: Introduction to Project Management class at Brigham Young University during Fall term 2012. The team included:

Geri Clements
Jeffery Drysdale
Jenifer Francis
Buck Harrison
Joseph Rino
Jared Robinson
Aaron Snyder