Learn about our project management functional collaborative

This week, the IT Forum launched our functional collaborative on project management.

Update on the launch

About 30 participants from member institutions convened to discuss the issues and problems they face as project management leaders in higher education IT. Topics ranged from project portfolio prioritization methods to best practices for project management office development.

During the first two conversations, members discussed ensuring proper prioritization, resource management and assessment, and how digital transformation effected project management offices. We heard from managers just creating an office to established offices that requested tweaks to their systems—our following research will aim to deliver content that crosses maturity boundaries.

How does a functional collaborative work?

Our functional collaboratives are initiatives to provide fast turnaround, targeted research in particular functional areas for senior-most leaders. EAB convenes member peer groups via webconference and facilitates conversations pertinent to the collaborative’s focus.

Using these conversations to scope research appropriate for the time frame, EAB researchers identify shared issue sets within the function, complete a white paper on one of these topics, and deliver additional member value through member panels and toolkits as applicable.

A midpoint webconference provides a research update and a final presentation outlines the completed research. These collaboratives offer director-level IT professionals a valuable opportunity to network with peers and find answers to pressing questions with a minimal time commitment.

What is the timeline?

The IT Forum will host two additional project management functional collaborative kick-off meetings on January 14 and January 18. Members interested in participating should fill out this survey.

The kickoff event will be a 90-minute conversation between 10-15 project management colleagues. A mid-point webinar will take place sometime in February or March, and the conclusion of the research will take place at least four weeks afterwards.

Submit a question

If you have any questions about the process or would like to submit a potential research topic (even if you’re not able to attend the kick off conversations), please do not hesitate to reach out to Alec Pallin at apallin@eab.com.

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