Annual Meeting Report

Project Management Fundamentals for the Editorial Office


MODERATOR: Emma Shumeyko Managing Editor Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC SPEAKERS: Emma Shumeyko Jennifer Arndt Director American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications, PMO Washington, DC Emilie Gunn Associate Director, Journals Editorial American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Alexandria, Virginia REPORTER: Heather Blasco J&J Editorial Cary, North Carolina   A thorough definition of project management by moderator Emma Shumeyko, Managing Editor at PNAS, launched the “Project Management Fundamentals for the Editorial Office” session. It served as an appropriate lead in to a session filled with project management tools provided by an experienced project manager, Jennifer Arndt from the ACS, and a case study of a project that could have been managed better if such tools had been implemented by ASCO’s Emilie Gunn. Questions from the attendees rounded out the hour-long session. Shumeyko clearly expressed the definition of a project from the Project Management Institute as a temporary endeavor that is undertaken to create a unique product or service or to implement a significant change. She explained that projects differ from regular work because they have a distinct beginning and end. Examples of projects that may be encountered by an editorial office can be of a large scale, such as launching a new journal or selecting a new platform vendor. They can also be smaller projects such as adding a podcast to the journal’s offerings or implementing a new workflow for the journal. Why is it important to the success of a project to implement project management? Shumeyko said, […]

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