I have been ridiculously busy the last couple weeks, focusing on developing a Project Management plan of action for my work, Pollak Library at Cal State Fullerton. What exactly does this plan of action include? Essentially, my recommendations for:
- how to start introducing formal Project Management practices into our library culture.
- how to apply these practices to our first formal project, a redesign of the library website.
I pitched my plan of action to our University Librarian — who is serving as the website redesign Project Sponsor — yesterday, and received approval to start moving forward, with our Project launch date tentatively scheduled for the second week of December with a presentation to our selected Steering Committee. So, I am very excited!
Part of the job I was hired into in May revolves around Project Management. The library faculty recruitment committee, as well as my future colleagues with whom I interviewed, knew when hiring me that I had no prior experience as a Project Manager. But, I had experience working under Project Management environments in the past, some successful, and some not so successful. What I learned from these experiences, how well I could communicate the positive or negative effect of these Project Management efforts on those organizations, and my desire to learn and implement formal Project Management at Pollak Library appear to have played a part in landing me this position.
Shortly after starting here as the Systems Librarian, my boss enrolled me in a suite of e-learning classes available through the CSU Chancellor’s office, which includes several Project Management (PM) course series that meet the PMI education requirements for PMP and CAPM certifications. My coursework progress, until recently, has been slow-going while I juggled it with other more pressing work obligations. I am now at a point in my PM coursework where I feel I can confidently start teaching my library colleagues basic PM principles, and the library is quite eager to start redesigning our website — legitimately a very high priority for us. So, despite professional recommendations to start with a small project for a first formal project, Pollak Library and I are moving full steam ahead into the world of Project Management by introducing our faculty and staff to it through a project that is both high profile and quite large in scope. But, our University Librarian, my own boss, and I all feel very optimistic about this new venture.
I will continue to blog about the project through its life cycle, and will certainly share some of the helpful professional advise and resources I have leaned on, and will continue to lean on, throughout this process.