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Has anyone created a project plan for their academic qualification?
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If so, how did it go? If not, do you see any benefit in doing so?
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Sante -

I've done this for all of my professional credentials but the level of effort and formal documentation was low - usually just identifying a set of activities and milestone dates along with setting a budget and doing some basic risk management.

Kiron
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2 replies by Michael Delaney and Sante Vergini
Aug 27, 2018 6:37 AM
Sante Vergini
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That's probably the appropriate level of detail Kiron, and it's good to see you still did/do that.
Aug 28, 2018 2:48 PM
Michael Delaney
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Kiron I did similar plans for my professional credentials but would be interesting for a degree program
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Hello Sante,
I did a quasi-project plan for accomplishing my MBA. I will say that it was a relatively flexible plan in that it allowed for the adjustment of milestones (course category completions) as well as an overall schedule for completion. I think for me, as a goal oriented person, it was important to follow a plan, but not necessarily needed to be at the level of project plan. I do however find it valuable to tailor any academic plans according to certain project management principles. For example, identifying certain risks may help guide a schedule for completion.
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Aug 27, 2018 6:38 AM
Sante Vergini
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Thanks Brian, it's good to see you and Kiron added risk management.
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Hi Sante, Ive done this too, sometimes on excel, othertimes just in my note book but it helps a look to keep your study plan in check .... Cheers !
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Aug 27, 2018 6:40 AM
Sante Vergini
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I feel the same Rami, and I too have used Excel some of the time.
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Hi Sante,

I did this for my Master's and I'm now trying it with my PhD. The first attempt was to plan my Master's following a traditional waterfall approach, and it worked fine (except for the scope). I've learnt my lesson, and now I'm using a hybrid approach: waterfall for the actual research, and agile for writing the thesis (since the scope keeps on changing).
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Aug 27, 2018 6:43 AM
Sante Vergini
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Ah exactly. I'm in a similar boat. Doing the research in waterfall, and using Agile for writing makes perfect sense. I'm a year or two off writing yet, so it will be interesting to check in on how you are progressing with that. Good luck :-)
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Yes me too.. for my professional courses. mainly help me alot to plan and reserve funds for my future courses.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Aug 27, 2018 6:44 AM
Sante Vergini
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Great Guruprasad.
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Yes, I have planned out my activities. Nothing overly formal, just some notes, or hand-drawn overview and series of events.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Aug 27, 2018 6:44 AM
Sante Vergini
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You probably think more visually like me Andrew.
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Yes, I have planned during my MS, and it work nicely and helped in planning my activities
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Aug 27, 2018 6:44 AM
Sante Vergini
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Good to hear Mansoor.
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Creating a business justification for my education was particularly useful. By doing so I was able to objectively see that getting a Masters would definitely help my career, and I could calculate my expected salary increase against the cost of tuition to see just how much it would benefit me. The business justification helped me realize that getting a Ph.D. wouldn't benefit my career, but would just satisfy my desire to have one. This saved me from spending many years and thousands of dollars for a degree that would only benefit my ego.
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Agree with Eric
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Aug 24, 2018 7:14 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Sante -

I've done this for all of my professional credentials but the level of effort and formal documentation was low - usually just identifying a set of activities and milestone dates along with setting a budget and doing some basic risk management.

Kiron
That's probably the appropriate level of detail Kiron, and it's good to see you still did/do that.
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