Project Management

Most Bass Connections project teams appoint at least one person to serve as a project manager. This role is critical to the effective functioning of project teams and offers those serving in the role a great opportunity to gain experience managing complex projects.

In 2019-20, we are partnering with Duke Libraries to offer workshops and resources to Bass Connections project managers. Materials from prior sessions, and other recommended online resources, are posted below. We also strongly encourage all project managers to spend some time reviewing the Bass Connections Tools for Team Success

Please check back for updates or contact Meghan O'Neil to be added to the project manager distribution list for future session announcements. 

Upcoming Sessions and Materials

Documentation: Organizing Your Information for Sanity and Sustainability
It’s always important to organize your “stuff” (files, data, images, etc.) and document your processes in clear and consistent ways. This is particularly true when it comes to working on collaborative teams, and even more so on interdisciplinary Bass Connections teams in which students may cycle on and off and team members may be familiar with different documentation methods. A little bit of time spent on this on the front end will save lots of time (and frustration) in the future!

Maybe your team is entering a new phase in its work that will require greater organization (such as data collection and management). Maybe your team was recently funded to continue next year through Bass Connections (or some other structure). Or, maybe your team is preparing to wrap up its work this spring but wants to ensure that the content the team generates can be understood and replicated by others in the future.

In this session, Sophia Lafferty-Hess, Senior Research Data Management Consultant at Duke Libraries, will cover best practices in documentation, and individuals from other projects will share examples of how they have organized their “stuff” with an eye towards the future.

Date: Friday, January 31 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)
Registration: Please register by Wednesday, Jan. 29; we will provide lunch for all registrants

Past Sessions and Materials

Sustaining Momentum and Adjusting Course
In this session, we discussed strategies for sustaining momentum and making adjustments to ensure the team accomplishes its goals. Suggestions include building in time for team-building; revisiting goals and timelines as a team; and regularly monitoring the project plan as a team. We also reviewed the results of the Bass Connections pulse survey and found that many teams are encountering similar challenges. 

Date: November 25, 2019

Optimizing Team Communications and Meetings
According to the Project Management Institute, 90% of a project manager’s time should be spent communicating! In this session, we discussed strategies for managing team communications, including how to most effectively use in-person team meetings.

Date: November 1, 2019
Presenters: Liz Milewicz (Duke Libraries), Sophia Lafferty-Hess (Duke Libraries), Laura Howes (Bass Connections)

Conversations about Project Management
Panel and discussion with current and former Bass Connections project managers on best practices and troubleshooting around team challenges.

Date: October 4, 2019 
Presenters: Savannah Erwin (Clinical Psychology-Ph.D. Student), Meredith Graham (Music-Ph.D. Student), William Krenzer (Postdoc, Duke Science & Society), Liz Milewicz (Duke Libraries), Sophia Lafferty-Hess (Duke Libraries), Laura Howes (Bass Connections)

Managing Bass Connections Projects & Teams
One-day workshop for incoming Bass Connections and Story+ Project Managers.

Date: May 7, 2019
Presenters: Liz Milewicz (Duke Libraries), Jen Darragh (Duke Libraries), Ciara Healy (Duke Libraries), Sophia Lafferty-Hess (Duke Libraries), Hannah Jacobs (Wired! Lab), Maria LaMonaca Wisdom (Graduate Student Advising and Engagement)

Online Resources

Project managers may also be interested in the following online resources offered by LinkedIn Learning. Duke students, faculty and staff can access LinkedIn Learning for free through Duke’s university-wide license. To log in with your NetID, go to: