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

Please register for upcoming sessions using the links below!

Optimizing Team Communications and Meetings (Nov. 1)
According to the Project Management Institute, 90% of a project manager’s time should be spent communicating! In this session, we will discuss strategies for managing team communications, including how to most effectively use your in-person team meetings.

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

Sustaining Momentum and Adjusting Course (Nov. 25)
This session will be an opportunity to discuss strategies for sustaining momentum, especially after winter break, and making adjustments to ensure the team accomplishes its goals. In early November, Bass Connections will be asking all teams to complete a short pulse survey to collect input on how they might improve their team operations. We invite you to come to this discussion with questions or concerns raised by the feedback from your team so that you can develop strategies for responding. 

Date: Monday, Nov. 25 from 11:30-1:00 p.m.
Location: Murthy Digital Studio (Bostock 121)
Registration: Please register by Thursday, Nov. 21; we will provide lunch for all registrants

Past Sessions and Materials

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: