PDC workshop to provide the basics for more effectively managing projects
Jack Nevison returns to the PDC classroom to teach Project Management Essentials: One Day to Better Projects, on July 19. The workshop will take place at the Residence Inn, Watertown, 570 Arsenal Street.
The workshop is aimed at providing participants with the tools to develop and manage projects from inception to conclusion. They will better know how to plan and estimate their work, sequence activities, evaluate progress and obstacles, and collaborate with staff and stakeholders to get the job done.
Project-management skills are desired by virtually all employers. Unfortunately, while many professionals are called upon to lead projects, far fewer have been trained to effectively move forward with a new initiative.
By the end of the workshop participants will understand the respective roles of the project manager and the project team. They will be able to create a reliable project plan. And they will be able to identify risks to success.
Jack recently responded to questions from the Post in a brief email exchange:
Please tell me how you got into the field of project management.
I started by managing small software projects. Ultimately, I ended teaching the fundamentals I had learned to managers of large projects.
Do you have an example of how you yourself project-managed a situation to benefit an organization?
Here’s a very simple example: One project was running long. It was requiring much more time than expected; we were behind schedule.
I was called upon to see what was happening, to use my skills as a project manager to get to the root of the problem. I ended up examining the project using simple arithmetic.
I added up all the part-time hours of the programmers. It was at that point I realized we were understaffed and that we needed to make a commitment to bringing on permanent staff members. After hiring a couple more programmers the project pace picked up. We ended up finishing close to our original schedule.
Project management must be a field that interests you. Please tell me what excites you about project management.
I like working with the people who are “where the action is.” Project management is always in the thick of the battle for creating results for a new initiative at an organization.
Please tell me what you want attendees to take away from the course.
In brief, I want them to take away the elementary language of modern project management. And I want them to be familiar with the most important planning tools.
Of course another advantage I want participants to gain is they will be able to show on their resumes that they have taken this course, and are aware of what it takes to manage a project.
What advantages does someone with good project management skills have in the workplace?
Project management is at the heart of industrial creativity. It’s where new things happen.
Past participants have been able to demonstrate this. They have been able to raise the success rate of the projects they have been involved in managing. This has come from being aware of the lessons, the tools you need, to successfully manage a project.
Jack Nevison is founder and President of New Leaf Project Management. He is the author of six books and is a contributor to the original 1996 edition of The PMBOK® Guide and was a team leader for the Fifth Edition revision. He has designed several interactive games (Herding Cats©, Stays & Days©, and QPM©) for enhancing the mastery of project management skills. He speaks and writes regularly on topics of interest to project managers and is a past president of the Mass Bay Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). Nevison is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.