How can you treat your PhD like a project?

As a “planner”, I found it very confronting when my usual organisational skills failed to wrangle my PhD into a set of nice, neat, sequential steps. But to hear that being “Lost in the Fog” is not a unique experience is comforting. Whether or not you’re an aspiring project manager, we can all learn a lesson or two here…

The Thesis Whisperer

Fiona Saunders is a Senior Lecturer in the Management of Engineering Projects at The University of Manchester and a part-time PhD student. Her research interests are in the management of projects in safety-critical industries. Prior to academia, Fiona enjoyed a successful 15 year industry career in project management. Fiona blogs at www.fionasaunders.co.uk where the original version of the post was published, along with a follow up post.

Long before I threw caution to the wind and (as a mum with 2 small children) began my part-time PhD my Professor (@AndrewWGale) gave me a very wise piece of advice Don’t be afraid of a PhD, it’s really just a project”. Now that I am entering the 3rd year of my part-time PhD I want to reflect on the similarities between a PhD and a project and offer some tips on how to use the tools and techniques of project…

View original post 898 more words