The Struggling Academic's Guide to Research
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The Struggling Academic's Guide to Research

A leadership and management story

About the Book

This is not your typical methods textbook. Applicable to research in any discipline, this book is designed to guide students to manage their own research project. Inspired by project management and leadership techniques from manufacturing, retail, and software industries, this book paves a path of discovery for students of research to boldly step into the unknown with high morale.

About the Author

Joanne J. Ho
Joanne J. Ho

As an environmental researcher, Joanne adopted tools from scrum and kanban to manage environmental research projects conducted by her interdisciplinary team. She used Agile methods to organize innovative processes to plan and drive research, a process of discovery involving a road map to the unknown. Joanne holds a Ph.D in Forest Resources (University of Washington) and M.A. in International Economics (University of Sussex). To learn more, go to

Table of Contents

    • Want to Share this Manuscript?
    • Introduction: The Research Adventure
  • Part I
    • Chapter One: What Are Your Goals?
    • Chapter Two: Reality Check
  • Part II
    • Chapter Three: The Backlog
    • Chapter Four: Productivity Tools
  • Part III
    • Chapter Five: Resources
    • Chapter Six: Managing Outcomes (Leadership)
    • Want to Share this Manuscript?
    • Bibliography

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