Project management is about systematically making projects happen, and in MMSD, successful project management results in benefits to district students, families, and the community – all in service to the district’s vision.
Central Office Measures of Performance (COMPs) work streams and priority projects represent excellent examples in the district where project management strategies ensure success. By providing clarity on who is doing what when, and helping teams avoid common pitfalls like missed deadlines, strained relationships, stress, and budget overages, project management tools and resources guide the smooth execution of projects. More importantly, priority projects typically support one or more of MMSD’s Strategic Framework Priority Areas, so successful planning and implementation of these projects is paramount to MMSD’s success as a school district.
During the 2015-16 school year, central office departments concentrated on project management tools and resources, with quarterly project management spotlights that highlighted successful district projects and their tools. New for the 2016-17 COMP process, priority projects require grounding in project management tools to guide and focus their implementation. Such resources can be found below.
Plan the Project
|Action||Tools & Resources|
|Create a project charter||Tool 1a|
|Create a work plan||Tool 1b|
|Create a gantt chart||Tool 1c|
|Create a communication plan||Tool 1d|
|Assess risks||Tool 1e|
If you have questions about project management in MMSD, feel free to contact Andrew Statz, Executive Director of Research, Accountability & Data Use (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*This content was reviewed and updated in August 2017*