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Dorcas Cox is the founder of Project Management Solutions Limited, a successful project management consulting company providing quality instructional design and project management educational services. Her clients include multinational companies as well as a College/University. Cox has studied, lived, and worked in North America and Canada.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440193630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440193637
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book doesn't focus on those types of models.
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I should have known this would be the case after reading the author's bio on the back cover.
Andrea Scott
I acknowledge a book on this topic is hard to write.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AlwaysLearning on January 21, 2011
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I have been unable to locate project management information targeted toward instructional designers so was very happy to see this subject addressed. I found this guide to be comprehensive and well organized considering the breadth of the topics. As each sub-topic was addressed, I like the way it was defined and broken down into sections titled; Essential Ingredients, The Method, The Results. The template examples for organizing various projects were relevant and general enough to be useful for a wide range of topics. I notice that at the end of each chapter, there was a Q&A so the guide could easily be used as a textbook. This is a really good deal for a textbook in a subject that is addressed every day by professionals responsible for managing training development!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teten on November 4, 2012
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I am currently using this book for a graduate course on project management for instructional designers. At first, I was uncertain about the value of this book compared to the relatively "few other books of this nature" available in the publishing marketplace. Once reading through the book, I am glad that I selected this particular one. My graduate students in instructional design also agree. For the cost of the book and for those just learning about the "steps of project management," this is really a bargain. Cox presents the material very simply and generally (although at times I do wish that she went further into detail). The templates provided in the book offer the reader a general sense of the topic/issue and how an instructional designer might pursue further in planning different tasks such as communication, personnel, risks, quality assurance, training, budget, etc. The three case studies toward the end of the book (although simple and brief) do help prompt discussion and reflection by the readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2013
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This is an excellent book for folks who are new to instructional design but old hands at project management or vice versa. That being said the book remains at a fairly high level on the instructional design side. It doesn't really delve into the complexities of eLearning ISD or hybrid learning - and how those choices impact a project. Also this focuses on the Critical Path Method or CPM. CPM like ADDIE is the most conservative view of those disciplines. Much more likely is an iterative adaptive model. This book doesn't focus on those types of models. Instead it uses a generic method of the Navy supplier Booz, Allen, Hamilton and Lockheed Martin's project management methodology. Both methods are more than 50 years old and don't weather the storm very well. Most admit that both ADDIE and CPM are not really observed. Microsoft Project roughly follows a generic methodology that's closer to CCPM than it is to CPM - so in effect, because so many have invested in Microsoft's expensive software solution - it becomes the de facto standard - and therefore influences the stakeholder's project management methodology. In most organizations that I've worked in the dog (the customer, the major stakeholder (internal or external) wags the tail (the instructional designer). This book is a thorough overview, however, I was disappointed that it didn't do a better job of integrating project management and instructional design. The ADDIE model does have a kinship with CPM, however, the book doesn't really dig deep into that. For instance the Analysis phase really must take place before the project begins when money and resources and initial goals are explored. Often the ID is brought in later in the CPM lifecycle and this can cause considerable issues. For instance if an external vendor other external stakeholders make decisions that input into the project.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tws on March 20, 2011
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This book is disappointing. We really need a new book on project management for instructional designers. But this isn't it. Too many chapters are lists of definitions with no linking to what a project manager should actually do. There is no index, an unpardonable omission.
I acknowledge a book on this topic is hard to write. I just wrote a chapter on project management for another book. It's complicated. There are a lot of details to keep track of and the author is dealing with two related subjects. But even at the low price, skip this one. Someone will write a good book on this topic, but this isn't it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Scott on January 29, 2014
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As an extremely comprehensive guide to project management, this might be a good resources. I am no project management expert so I can't be sure. What I can say for sure is that there is little here for the Instructional Designer. Granted, the author does utilize an instructional case project as the example woven through the book but it is completely unrealistic and, having been involved in instructional design and development for the last 12 years, provided little useful information for my training team.

I should have known this would be the case after reading the author's bio on the back cover. She is a project manager who owns a project management consulting company. This is evident in the book and I am sure they are excellent at project management. If there is any real-world instructional design and development experience, however, I would wager it is only with the largest of companies, with equally large budgets, and with much longer time frames than the ridiculous two-week example provided.
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