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Lessons from a PM
One of the most exciting – if not the most exciting – aspects of being a project manager is the variety of processes, technologies, and information that you end up working with.
At least that’s my experience.
When I was looking for an entry-level job and started working as a project manager at an EdTech startup, I hardly knew that I would soon oversee the creation of an eLearning platform that Microsoft would ultimately offer for its quality. But I’m ahead of myself. In this article, I’m going to walk you through the most important things you need to know before embarking on such projects.
As exciting as it sounds, you will be held accountable for the results of your projects. The possibility of engaging in endless possibilities of work also consists in becoming an expert on a topic. Occasionally, you need to do this in record time.
So let’s say you’re a project manager just getting started in the EdTech industry. Now you will likely be working with learning management systems. In that case, this article will help you.
What is an LMS?
Learning management systems, which have been booming in the past few years but have definitely been quarantined, are tools that anyone can benefit from – if done correctly.
As you can tell by the name, LMS is logically a term for apps that work over the Internet. It can connect people from all over the world in one educational experience. In the midst of the pandemic, academic institutes have massively switched to these types of platforms to provide their students with a virtual classroom experience and to connect them with teachers. On the flip side, many companies have taken advantage of these environments to provide their employees at every level with the proper training they need to improve the skills required for their jobs.
Are there different types of LMS? What is the difference?
According to experts, LMS are usually classified this way (see below). You will find that these properties will help you understand the type of products you will be developing:
- Online or installed
What to consider when designing an LMS is if you want it to be web based or if you want users to install it on their devices. With the expansion of the Internet, web-based LMS are in trend due to their advantages. We can only expect it to stay that way.
- Proprietary or hosted
If you want to design a web-based LMS, you need to consider whether to host it in your own cloud or upload it to an external source. It all depends on your time, budget, and most importantly, the type of training you want to offer.
- Open source software or commercial platforms
Much like the hosting dilemma, you need to think about using some open source code to design your LMS or having your team build it from scratch. Again, you need to determine what is most convenient for the type of training you want to give.
What does a project manager need to know before working with an LMS?
Regardless of what type of LMS you choose as a project manager, you need to be able to analyze and understand that all possible routes should lead you to the same end result.
At the initial stage, you first want to structure the general idea in your head and on paper. You need to understand that not just in this industry, but as a project manager as a whole, everything can change at the last minute. Because of this, you need to be prepared for every possible scenario and solve upcoming problems or implement new changes.
Field research is fundamental because, as mentioned earlier, you are expected to be ready to take action and provide solutions or possible workarounds. By making sure you understand and know the features and functionality that you are implementing in your project, you can show confidence and make adjustments as needed.
However, the moment you learn the most is during the execution process. Be ready to keep learning and improving every possible detail in your project. Each phase of the project has a different outcome and different tools and techniques that you can use to adapt, adapt and change the path to continue to achieve the goals that the project aims to achieve.
Benjamin Franklin said, “If you don’t prepare, you are preparing to fail.” It is your responsibility to ensure that the plans are well designed and executed. Communicate with your team, find out more, and be ready to oversee and provide resources as needed. This way, your team and your stakeholders know what to do and what the customer wants to achieve with your system.
The beauty of this job is the motivation and positive impact you can bring into the world when you work on educational solutions at all levels. As a project manager, I look forward to designing various LMS and democratizing access to training that generates high-paying skills for anyone who wants to learn. The most exciting parts are the constant innovation and the fact that you need to keep up with learning to be at the top.
This is where the talent of a project manager like you comes into play. If you are looking for an area to continue your professional growth as a PM, LMS are definitely the right choice!