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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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Book Details
ISBN: 9781562869489
Pages: 160
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Formats: Paperback, PDF
Product Code: 111521

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eLearning Coordinator, State of North Carolina Author, Social Media for Trainers, Better Than Bullet Points, and Show Your Work

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.” 

Author, From Bud to Boss and Remarkable Leadership Chief Potential Officer, The Kevin Eikenberry Group
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.” 
Manager, Continuous Quality Improvement for Educational Affairs, Indiana University School of Medicine
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.” 
CEO, TorranceLearning Author, Quick Guide to Agile Project Management for Learning
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.”
Chief Learning Architect and Founder, Vignettes Learnin
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."
VP, Training & Marketing, Allen Interactions Co-Author, Leaving ADDIE for SAM and Leaving ADDIE for SAM Field Guide
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.”
Director, Talent & Learning, Coca-Cola Beverages of Florida
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.”
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I can't wait to read this book. I have found myself serving in multiple roles!
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I definitely can benefit from this book. I love the materials that ATD has to offer for trainers.
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This is a great addition to the trainer toolkit. As an instructional designer and trainer I have had to manage a lot of projects and this book was really helpful in making some of the unknown out of the whole process!
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