Advancing Personal and Professional Development for Project Managers


Your A-Z Guide of Project Management Terms is Here - I've Highlighted a Few You Should Definitely Know Project Management Terms.docx (64126)

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This Course prepares you by providing lessons and experiences to enhance your PM mastery. A masterful PM:

Seeks and uses feedback

Is self-confident in a non-arrogant way

Is a “straight shooter” who is able to be direct without being disrespectful

Takes full accountability and never makes excuses

Exhibits business acumen (e.g., when presenting to senior management, links their analysis and recommendations to real business issues)

Highly proactive (versus reactive) in their approach to getting things done; is a self-starter who takes action without waiting to be asked/told

Resourceful; able to figure out a path forward when faced with obstacles or situations with a high degree of ambiguity

Views issues cross-functionally and avoids “silo” thinking

In terms of time management and prioritization, balances the urgent and the important

Is outcome-focused (versus activity-focused) and exhibits ROI (return on investment) thinking when considering where to allocate time, money and resources



The Reminder Column

Dropping and Adding

You are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, etc., found in the CSU Chico University Catalog.  You should be aware of the deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes.  If you choose to not attend the class and fail to formally drop the class, please know that you will receive an “F” for the class – so if you decide to drop, you need to take care of your own responsibilities to remove yourself formally from the responsibilities of the class.


Your Week-by-Week Mastery List - What We'll Cover, Not Necessarily in Order

1. Know what experts note are the most desireable traits in Project Managers. Know your own strengths and skills, and understand how to respect others'.  Spend time and thought optimizing your combined strengths and gifts. 
2. Perfect your professional aim through a review of credentialing options that are right for you. 
3. Know how to address the ongoing challenge of managing team professionalism.
4. Know how to deploy your strengths and manage your own weaknesses and blind spots.
6. Understand how much of the PM skill set is learned through patient practice and experience.
7. Learn how to handle a Challenging Sponsor with tact and skill
8. Understand precisely how the point of ingition - the project's start - can make or break a project (scope, charter, plan initiation)
9. Know the value of a strong charter, and how it prepares the preliminary basis of just about everything. Got a problem in planning? RETURN TO CHARTER.
10. Understand the sticking points in processes related to just about any organization or initiative. There tends to be biases in our assumptions regarding how people receive messages we send, or to each other. Process analytics compels us to think through what a given group of "receivers" might need in order to become optimally effective.
11. Fully understand the value of current organizational process assets; assess for refinement throughout your project, but ask about current assets.
12. MASTER scope assessment and key project parameters through skillful questioning as described in your assigned paper from MIT