11 key elements for e-learning project success

November 16, 2011 by Wendy Kay

project team with thumbs upEarlier this week I blogged about e-learning project pitfalls so here I’m looking at what elements are needed to help give you e-learning project success.

In 2005 Lancaster University carried out a study into successful IT projects in both the public and private sector.  

Here are the common elements of successful projects that they identified.

  1. A detailed project plan agreed before project commencement helped to achieve successful delivery
  2. Rigorous and flexible use of effective project techniques that incorporated project planning, continuous monitoring and reporting of the progress, as well as effective resource management. Allowed project management team to better control the entire process as well as allow for more efficient change management
  3. Shared vision contributing to creating a single purpose of vision necessary to deploy a potent programme
  4. Senior management support – a critical element. It brought in an additional sense of importance and urgency. It also ensured that, if delivered successfully, the entire organisation would benefit from the project
  5. Effective relationship management due to the level of collaboration involved, effective relationship management among the stakeholders, sponsors, outsourcers and end-users cannot be over emphasised. Managing the relationship with external outsourcing service providers was identified as being particular important
  6. Effective change management that ensured smooth inter and intra-organisational transformation
  7. Effective management of multiple stakeholders where regular meetings with direct stakeholders were carried out to ensure that all requirements and expectations have been met, and any conflicts between stakeholder interests were resolved
  8. Regular progress meetings which helped to evaluate stages in project development 
  9. Effective and continued communication among the parties was sustained and helped in leading to project success
  10. Skilled and competent staff  - the empowerment and flexibility of staff to adapt to the new environment, helped in achieving success in the complex IT projects.
  11. User involvement – project managers should pay particular attention to the customer side of the project delivery and ensure the continuous involvement of end users throughout the project life-cycle

Benefits of Using Project Management Techniques

The obvious benefits of using project management techniques is the delivery of a successful project.

But there are other benefits:

  1. Reducing risk – all projects usually contain a great deal of risk, uncertainty, and complexity that needs to be managed.
  2. Capturing the knowledge that’s gained every time a project is completed and learning from it.
  3. Standing up to external scrutiny and audit – we are all more accountable for the money we spend that is public money
  4. Peace of Mind – As a Project Manager you have a lot to think of and do. You need a way to keep track of everything…

Just remember – you can make your project as successful as the one to build the world’s highest bridge!

The Millau Viaduct is part of the A75 linking Paris to Barcelona.

It was designed by Norman Foster and is 343 metres high.

It opened in 2004 – ahead of schedule – and won the 2006 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.

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