Tuesday, December 6, 2016

PM101: Course Aims, Outline, Scope & Sequence (also, key resources)

MOTIVATION: The Caribbean region is a developing region, which makes development oriented projects especially important. Accordingly, it is helpful to set up a workshop that will help people in our region achieve initial capability to develop and implement projects. Hence, this workshop: Project Management Bootcamp. There is no pretence at being made into experts in just one workshop, but first level proficiency is also important. As UNIT 2 notes:
". . . our focus is on
(1) equipping a participant in this workshop with perspectives and tools to initiate and start up [then carry out] a fairly simple project, and
(2) to equip such a person to appreciate and work with the qualified and certified professionals leading a more complex project."

AIM: To provide basic, functionally oriented familiarity with and initial proficiency in project management concepts and skills, for undertaking simple development-oriented projects. Also, to allow participants to appreciate what is required to manage more substantial projects, so that such individuals will be able to work with those who are managing more complex and elaborate projects. Where, no, this is specifically NOT a PRINCE2 Foundations preparatory course.

OUTLINE/SYNOPSIS: Project Management -- what is that? why? who? where? when? Preparation: initiating and starting up a project -- how, phase 1.  Getting to agreement and obtaining funding. Setting up and carrying out simple projects. Implementation and Management. Completion and evaluation, with lessons learned. Face to face workshop. Student projects. Where to go from here.

SCOPE & SEQUENCE: This online and face to face workshop short course is intended to cover the following topics in the following sequence, with room for options or selections, or for use in a 1:1 tutorial setting to assist people working with projects:

PS: It is helpful to list . . .

 Some key reference resources

 1: Tasmanian Government Project Management Resources:

A main resource for this workshop, here. (Especially note, the Guidelines,  templates and fact sheets etc here. [Some of these will be linked at appropriate points in the text.] The project life cycle stage by stage resources here, are also helpful.)

2: Tasmanian Government Project Management Guidelines:

An excellent text on PM from the resource just above, here. If there is a "textbook" for this workshop, this is it, so please download and save the PDF.

3: Archived, Polish Ministry of the Environment Project and Project Cycle Management Resource:

A fondly remembered oldie but goodie, now preserved here. Particularly note the examples and case studies -- many of them real world. Kudos to the Wayback Machine!

4:  EU Project Cycle Management Guidelines:

A go-to on project cycle management and linked issues on development programmes. If you need to think about development, aid, projects, programmes, policy and challenges, start here.

5: Project Management Institute (PMI) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge:

The PMBOK guide is a world-class go-to reference and toolbox from the professional society behind the Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification framework. The latest edition (the fifth) can be bought here, at Amazon.

 6: UK Gov't BERR Guidelines for Project Management:

Here. Before there was Axelos, there was BERR as owner of the PRINCE system. Accordingly, it is well worth taking time to look at framework that gives the pattern of thought behind PRINCE2, and which is a useful overview in its own right -- one that is particularly helpful in learning "PRINCE2-speak."

7: PRINCE2 Wiki:

A good online reference for all things PRINCE2, here.  Note, the list of online manuals with links, here.

8: PRINCE2 Glossary:

Here. Necessary, period. Download and save this, too.

9: The NASA Project, Programme and Systems Engineering-related handbooks:

This trove of documents gives a survey of a rich and distinguished tradition in project and programme management, which may be intuitively more familiar to many than the PRINCE2 approach.  Key works:
Space Flight Projects and Programmes Handbook

Space Flight Projects and Programmes Requirements (a companion)

Systems Engineering Handbook (a technical guide to designing socio-technical systems)

Governance and Strategic Management Handbook.
10: The DSDM Atern, Agile Project Management Handbook:

A well thought through agile perspective. Here.