New Tool Simplifies Online Project Management
Shared or distributed leadership is a concept familiar to education leaders (and readers of Educational Leadership), and now a new web tool looks to make the process simpler and more effective. Pipeline, developed by a Carnegie Mellon University researcher, is a free project-management platform built to leverage team skills and mete out trust and responsibility at desired levels. A recently published case study on the tool documents how a digital Advent calendar was successfully created in an online animation forum, showing how the tool smoothed over rough spots that artists encountered in previous attempts.
Pipeline lets you make your project completely private; you can even download a copy and install it on a local server, if needed. Pitched somewhere between traditional project management and a free-form wiki, the platform could be especially useful for educators who want to collaborate with colleagues at a distance—say, on an ASCD Annual Conference session proposal. Unlike more traditional project-management software, the cloud-based Pipeline is free and accessible to all on just about any device.
There's also potential for using Pipeline as a tool with students to empower them to manage their own projects. The site has screenshots, a basic list of features, extensive research based on the tool, and a simple-to-use demo that can have your project site up and running in a few minutes.
David Snyder is a reference librarian in ASCD's Information Resource Center.
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