Project Management for Schools

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    Successful Projects

    • Realistic objectives must be set to ensure the success of your school project. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCFS) has determined that SMART targets are the most effective for managing school projects, so check that your objectives are: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound.

    Failing Projects

    • James Cortada and John Woods, editors of "The Knowledge Management Year Book" adopt the view that "developing senior management support" when managing a project is the key to success. The DCFS have a similar view listing "lack of clear senior management" as a reason for project failure in schools. Get your principals on board for success.

    Manage Risk

    • According to a DCFS report on risk management from 2009: "The only way to avoid risk is to do nothing at all." Risks are an inherent part of project management in schools. You can choose to deal with them in one of the following ways: Tolerate the risk (if the risk is small); transfer it to others involved in the project; treat it by taking measures to avoid the risk or take advantage of the risk by trying to gain from it.

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