The answer = Project Management Methodologies and Tools!
Projects of all topics and sizes have failed even though the team members involved started out with a plan. Why is what? What are the signs that a project is failing? When does it usually present itself - in the beginning, middle, end? Who is responsible for preventing, mitigating, and project failures? What project management methodologies and tools exist that can be specifically adapted to the course development process?
This path will begin by introducing you to common signs that a project is failing and reasons specific to why learning projects fail; most importantly it will also delve into the lessons we can learn from these failures. Then the path will subsequently explore several tried and true project management methodologies and tools that an instructional designer should adapt in their practice to better ensure success. Enjoy!
A paradoxical thing about the concept of 'success' is that unless you have clear measures and/or indicators to inform you about its achievement, then you can easily mistake failure for success. For Example: If an ID and a SME completes outlined deliverable two months ahead of schedule or $15,000 under budget, but did not achieve the course learning outcomes, should this project be deemed successful? Let us take a look of common failures and how to overcome them.
The beauty of project management is that it operates around a set of methodologies and principles that are easily scalable and adaptable to various project types: inclusive of those undertaken by instructional designers.
What works together with the previously mentioned methodologies are project management tools. Both digital and non-digital tools can improve the efficiency of each phase of the course development process.