“People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint” – Steve Jobs.

As part of our Capstone module for the MLIS, we have to do a short 5-10 minute long presentation about our work on the project so far next Friday (April 15th 2016). Luckily for us, we have kept a very detailed work log throughout the project (thanks Hanna!) and, because of this blog, we have a heap of information that could make up a presentation!

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GANTT… ah ahhh… saviour of the Univers(ity)

In case you were confused about the title!

So my post my first post here will be dealing with the wild and wonderful world of GANTT charts. So exciting, I know. But to be honest, a good GANTT chart is the first step in the long process of project management. We are a team of six and, as such, it can be quite hard to keep tabs on everything we’re doing and where we are at with the small pieces that will eventually lead to the BIG PICTURE. In our case the big picture is the development of an Institutional Repository.

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In the beginning there was…

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A still from our video rendition of ‘On Top of Spaghetti’. It was relevant, I swear.

For our Masters program in Library and Information Studies in University College Dublin, rather than doing individual theses, we are encouraged to undertake Capstone projects; independent group work. Even the mere mention of the words ‘group work’ tend to inspire levels of fear and sweat in the average person. Knowing this was a project that needs to be completed to acquire the Masters degree, as well being a group of people the next nine months would be spent in close contact with, it’s safe to say that it was not an aspect of the degree most of us looked forward to.

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