One of the topics of debate in my workplace is the concept of having the instructional designer also serve as the project manager for their own projects. The rationale is that they are intimately involved in the project from design through implementation and are conveying information over to any project-level resources and establishing the deliverables.
This proposal raises some interesting issues.; PMs are normally positions of some level of authority and can request and assign resources, etc. So, if the PM did not have the authority PMs are also experts in the management and administration of projects, and all the mysterious things that go into them. They are also not necessarily resources for the project, but they have a degree of responsibility to the project sponsor and the customer for the outcomes.
I’m going to try not to salt the waters too much, but I wonder what people think. If you are an ID are you also your own project manager?
Ah, there’s nothing like writer’s block to stifle the winds of creativity on a blog. I have a potentially great post about The Instructor, Learning, & Memory that I can’t seem to get out of low gear. Strangely enough, it’s serving as a catalyst for this missive.
It’s not just writer’s block, although that does enter into it. It’s also about the energies of the day. You can mentally psych yourself up for certain things based on your calendar, but simple postponements can easily put paid to those plans. I’ve had meetings rescheduled over the last 2 days (including one already postponed from Friday) that managed to sap a lot of the energy away.
Some of that seems to extend into my writing. I really am trying to write for me and to get things out of my head and into some kind of recorded form, but competing thoughts, changes in momentum, and other distractions make it tough to write with any degree of focus.
Is it discipline? Habit? Dedication? Or is it my style that needs work? (am I too wordy for my own good?) I dunno. Too many questions and no easy answers.
I wonder what my more prolific writing and blogging colleagues will say about this?
Well the road to new blog is paved with good intentions but momentum isn’t necessarily carrying over to more postings. Ironic, since I am continually preaching the benefits of reflective activities.
However, I am trying to find a good way to Blog regularly enough so that I capture things as they happen. (I wonder if WP Supports email posting?)