Spinning plates and juggling balls : project managing your PhD

Williams, Richard (2013) Spinning plates and juggling balls : project managing your PhD. EMBO Reports, 14 (4). pp. 305-309. ISSN 1469-3178

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A project is a “temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service or result” [1]. Although this is a generic definition, it pretty much describes any PhD research project. There are many ways to manage a project effectively and efficiently. Unfortunately, most of us are so busy with our science that we forget about the importance of planning and management to our own success, sanity and health. Instead, we approach our first three years of genuine scientific endeavour wide-eyed and unprepared to juggle the hundreds of tiny balls that make up a PhD. Several techniques from the realm of ‘project management’ might therefore be helpful for PhD students who need to plan and manage the many competing demands that doctoral research can place on them.

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