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Project Management For Trainers, 2nd Edition

By  Lou Russell

project management for trainers

Define a development project before you start planning the details.

A seat of the pants approach to project management is no longer viable. Today’s trainer is taking on truly unique projects—and often many at once. Whether you’re developing materials on unfamiliar topics or writing courses for others to deliver using new technology, now is the time to strengthen your project management process.

Seasoned learning and leadership expert Lou Russell offers a structured approach to moving projects from conception to completion. In Project Management for Trainers, you’ll discover how to maintain a clear focus on client goals no matter how many changes they request or how many people get involved. This refreshed second edition also guides you through managing consulting projects and suppliers.

This book is an essential guide to:

  • Building a project charter to document business objectives, project objectives, scope, risks, and constraints.
  • Creating a project schedule to determine task order, establish milestones and due dates, and assign task owners.
  • Conducting a post-project review to capture lessons learned.

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Lou Russell

Lou Russell is president and CEO of Russell Martin & Associates. She is the author of the ATD Press books Project Management for Trainers, Leadership Training and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management, among other titles. In addition to her many books, she contributes frequently to Computer World, Cutter Executive Reports, and Network World, among others, and publishes Learning Flash, an electronic newsletter.

Lou speaks at several national and international conferences, such as the Project Management Institute, Project World, and LotuSphere. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Purdue University, where she taught database and programming classes, and a master's degree in instructional technology from Indiana University.


Workplace trainers often wear many hats, like those of facilitator, designer, graphic artist, and  performance consultant. Another is the project manager hat. Lou Russell offers great real-world tips and tools for executing a training or consulting project start to finish, from planning and calendaring to managing others, including external vendors. This is a great addition to any trainer’s bookshelf.” 

Jane Bozarth 
eLearning Coordinator, State of North Carolina 
Author, Social Media for Trainers, Better Than Bullet Points, and Show Your Work
Trainers manage ever more complex projects every day. Who better than Lou Russell, an expert in both learning and projects, to teach trainers how to succeed in managing their learning projects? If you are a trainer, you need these skills—and this book is the place to begin.” 
Kevin Eikenberry 
Author, From Bud to Boss and Remarkable Leadership 
Chief Potential Officer, The Kevin Eikenberry Group 

Lou Russell brings realistic and infinitely useable project management and organizational leadership tools. They’re just what’s needed today. She’s engaging, a super connector, and I’d love to work with her every day.” 
Deb Birnbaum 
Manager, Continuous Quality Improvement for Educational Affairs, 
Indiana University School of Medicine
In Project Management for Trainers, Lou Russell offers a step-by-step guide with her characteristic ‘been there, done that’ candor. If you’re new to project management, this should be among the first books you read. If you’ve been around a while, this is a great tune-up and a source for new approaches when things go stale. The updates in this second edition keep the entire approach fresh and relevant.”
Megan Torrance 
CEO, TorranceLearning
Author, Quick Guide to Agile Project Management for Learning

Once again Lou Russell has made the complex ideas in project management into easy and simple to understand guide. My team refers to this book in our development processes."
Ray Jimenez
Chief Learning Architect and Founder, Vignettes Learnin
Like no one else, Lou Russell shows us that managing training development projects is more than just coordinating resources and tasks. In this second edition of Project Management for Trainers, she has again given a concise and empowering review of the key competencies necessary for any project manager to be successful.”
Richard Sites
VP, Training & Marketing, Allen Interactions
Co-Author, Leaving ADDIE for SAM and Leaving ADDIE for SAM Field Guide
Lou Russell is my hero! In the reality of back-to-back meetings and endless in-flight training projects, it is easy to lose focus on the intent and design of our training programs as we manage the day-to-day. Project Management for Trainers provides readers with a wealth of techniques, guidance, advice, and case studies to help us better manage our projects while remaining intentional in our creation of performance changing learning programs. This book is a must-add to any training library.”
Angel Green
Director, Talent & Learning, Coca-Cola Beverages of Florida

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562869489

Pages: 160

Publisher: ATD Press

Pub Date: October 2015

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111521

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