Project Management (PM) Course

The world needs science!  We need innovative solutions to complex problems.  We need scientists working together, as members of teams to solve the large-scale complex problems facing our world.  The foundation of these teams is the project manager (PM).  A typical PM sends calendar invites, prints the agenda, and manages the budget.  This course is more than that.  This course is about what the role of the PM could be and should be in interdisciplinary scientific teams. 


Every Chapter has a set of instructional videos, action items, and templates that you can customize for your team! Below is a collapsible outline of what is included in the course and its content, including links to each chapter.

Introduction: The Power of the Project Manager


0.0        How to Navigate the Course
0.1        Introduction: The Power of the Project Manager
0.2        Every Team Needs a PM
0.3        What is SciTS?  What is Team Science?
Template: Acronyms, definitions and more
Template: Academic Articles
0.4        Myth – the PM Must “Know” the Science
0.5        Followership

Chapter 1: Stage Prep


1.0 How to Navigate the Course – Repeat
1.1 Stage Prep
1.2 The Meeting Host
1.3 Getting to know the Team
Template: Graduate Student Interview Questions
Template: PI Interview Questions
Template: PM Introduction Email |
1.4 Team Roster
Template: Team Roster
Chapter 1 Action Items

Chapter 2: Get Ready for the Show


2.0 How to Navigate the Course – Repeat
2.1 Get Ready for the Show
2.2 The Meeting Purpose
Template: List of Possible Meeting Purposes
2.3 The 25 Minute Meeting
Template: Email Template Research Updates
2.4 The Invitation
2.5 Creating a Culture of Safety
2.6 Finding a Time to Meet
2.7 Reserving the Room
2.8 Creating the Agenda
Template: Email Template Request Additional Agenda Items
Template: Agenda Visual
2.9 Reflections
Chapter 2 Action Items

Chapter 3: Let the Show Begin


3.0        How to Navigate the Course – Repeat
3.1        Let the show begin
Template: Meeting Material List
3.2        Breaking the Ice
Template: Ideas for introducing and Connecting the Team
3.3        Being Present
Template: Ideas to be Present
3.4        Quality Discussion
Template: Quality Discussions
3.5        Inclusive Meetings
3.6        Getting to Consensus or Semi-Democratic Decision Making
Template: Democratic Decision Making
3.7        Summarizing the Meeting
Template: Meeting Agenda, Notes and Follow-up Examples
3.8        Reflection
Chapter 3 Action Items  

Chapter 4: Life Between Meetings

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4.0 How to Navigate the Course – Repeat
4.1 Life Between Meetings
4.2 Listening
Template: Active Listening
4.3 Social Sensitivity
4.4 Internal Communication
Template: Team Values
Template: Tips and Tricks for Herding Cats
4.5 Individual Communication
4.6 External Communication
4.7 Graceful Exits Part 1 and Part 2
Template: Graceful Exits
4.8 Resources to Improve Communication
Template: SciTS and Team Science Resources
4.9 Final Reflection
5.0 Hannah: Ellen Interview
Chapter 4 Action Items

Meet the Creators

Ellen and Hannah have been working as a consulting duo since 2015. They have worked with teams applying for multi-million dollar research centers and small teams who are working on community issues. They have remarkably different disciplinary backgrounds. Ellen’s a chemist and Hannah’s a sociologist/team scientist. Their combined perspective provides insights into the functioning of interdisciplinary scientific teams. They designed their online courses with a variety of teams in mind. They are on hand to troubleshoot, answer questions, and more. Try the introduction for free! Send them an email at with questions.

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