“What’s the plan?” is a common enough question in many areas of life, including in non-profit management. But, how often do you find yourself, or others, forging ahead with a project, a gala, a fundraiser, or other activity without a well-laid plan? Too often individuals avoid the planning process or cut it short. But, without a well-articulated plan, and—ideally—one that is written down, projects are likely to fail or to do less well than they would have otherwise. It may be that many people don’t know how to go about doing project planning.
While planning a project does take time, it isn’t a difficult task. This course introduces you to some basic concepts and strategies that you can use for any project you plan.
Once you’ve formulated the plan, you can put it into action. A plan that is thought out and written down gives you direction for accomplishing your goals and is doubly valuable if things start to go wrong.
In this course, you’ll learn how to go from initial concept to a project that your organization delivers successfully.
1. Identify the steps of creating a project plan.
2. Outline the scope of projects in management and identify the potential challenges of projects.
3. Conceptualize a project from problem statement to implementation.
4. Write an effective project plan that is clear and comprehensive enough for others to follow.
Skills you will develop in this course:
1. How to create a basic project plan.
2. Connecting a project plan to mission, goals, and objectives.
3. Identifying problems as the beginning point for project planning.
4. How to avoid choosing the solution before properly identifying a problem.
5. Creating a work breakdown structure.
6. Creating a project timeline.
7. How to work effectively with a project team.
8. Using SMART objectives to plan a project.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Constance DeVereaux Ph.D.
In addition to managing arts organizations, Constance DeVereaux has worked as an arts management consultant, arts advocate, and researcher. She brings both applied and philosophical dimensions to the program, and is an international expert in arts and cultural policy. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in both policy and management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania. DeVereaux created the arts management master's program at Claremont Graduate University and the arts management minor at Northern Arizona University, and is the former director of the arts administration program at Shenandoah University. She also lectures internationally on arts management and policy topics and is a frequent presenter at international conferences. Her research interests include cultural citizenship and the arts, culturally sustainable entrepreneurship, arts management practices, and everyday aesthetics. In addition to her academic pursuits, DeVereaux is an award-winning feature reporter for public radio.