Better Projects Through Better Planning: An Online Course

Get more done… without working more hours.

Great projects don’t happen by accident. Learn how to make your projects run better by planning better.

Whether you work on your own or have a team, learning to think about your project like a project manager will help you get more done with the time and resources you have.

If you hear “project management” and think “useless, bloated process,” this course is for you. We’ll discuss the goals behind the processes, so you can understand what tools and techniques will have value in your specific situation, and build a process that helps you succeed instead of hindering you.

There are no sessions of this online course currently enrolling.

In this course you’ll learn how to:

Eisenhower famously said: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is essential.” Effective project management isn’t about making a plan once and then sticking to it. Use your plans to respond more effectively to the inevitable changes that will occur.

One of the most powerful things project planning provides is a knowledge of how all the parts of your project depend on each other. Use this to make your projects more successful.

Things go wrong, but some things are more likely to go wrong than others. Analyzing your risks from the very beginning can help you protect your project and your team when sh** happens.

Communication isn’t just about talking! Use all your available communication tools to get the right information to the right people when they need it.

Very few people get to focus exclusively on one thing these days. Luckily, there are tools available to help keep the competition for ourattention from causing paralysis.


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Private sessions can be run online or in person. If your organization can guarantee at least five registrations in an open session, I will also consider scheduling another open session at a time convenient for you.

This is an online course consisting of two 1.5 hour sessions, which will include ample time for questions and discussion. Participants will also receive access to the course recording and slides.

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About Melanie Nelson

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I am a consultant specializing in scientific data management and the effective management of people and projects. Prior to starting my own consultancy, I led teams and projects in the biotechnology industry for more than ten years. I am not a devotee of any particular project management process: I believe in understanding the fundamentals and tailoring the process to fit the team and the work. I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry from The Scripps Research Institute.

You can find out more about my approach to project management by reading the posts on this site and by reading the articles I’ve written for Chronicle Vitae. If you have any questions, you can email me at