Holy plugins, Project Manager Batman.
I had no idea WordPress had project management plugins. Zero. Nada.
Remember the previous post in which I mentioned we had to create some type of dissertation project map, and I used Excel to create a Gantt chart? Well, now I can use my blog/website to track my progress. I’m so excited!
Now I have to transfer milestones/tasks to the project. I’m using UpStream in a very minimal capacity, as I’m the only person working on this project, but it will help keep me on track. And, honestly, playing around with this website and WordPress is relaxing for me. (And I lose track of time!)
(They also have a little fishy as their logo. How fun is that?)
So. In the first (of many) doctoral seminar classes, we were tasked with creating some sort of dissertation timeline. A map, if you will, of where we are, where we are going, how we will get there, and roadblocks we may encounter.
The class resources page online suggested a PERT chart. Not really my style. Or using an infographic at Canva (online design-type software). I don’t have time to learn new software.
I decided to do somewhat of a Gantt chart using Excel. Why? I already own the software (well, rent it, technically), and I refuse to spend money on additional software I would only use once. I did find a template online; thanks for that, Vertex42. Now I have an actual timeline/map that is functional and usable.
I kind of like it. And this is one assignment that is extremely worthwhile!
This week, we had to analyze part of an actual dissertation (that of the class instructor, which I found a tad egotistical) for exemplaires of leadership, passion, and tenacity. This assignment was for the first of many doctoral seminar classes. A better word somewhat encapsulating all three of those traits is grit. According to Duckworth et al. (2007) — a group that came up with the most-often used definition in the literature, grit is a “perseverance and passion for long-term goals. . . [it entails] working strenuously towards challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress” (p. 1087). I like the word grit. And may start using it more, both in a scholarly and professional sense.
Duckworth, A. L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M. D., & Kelly, D. R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(6), 1087-1101. doi: 10.1037/0022-35188.8.131.527