Practicum Assignment

04/18/2020 17:55

BY the way, at most, I will create a short open notes assessment to take the place of a formal Final. Depending on what you turn in for the following, it may not be needed. I would rather spend the time discussing submission results for the following. 

This assignment is due no later than midnight, May 8th. It’s worth 100 points and is designed for me to be able to assess what you have learned, and how you will apply those skills, to a genuine need with a project.

Of all submissions, I’ll select those that represent the high-level thinking, thoughtfulness, and skill of the professional PM. These students will achieve full credit and become the standard upon which others are graded. It’s a competitive world out there.

You can do this as a group, and if you do, you will all be bound to the same grade.

Demonstrate Discovery & Problem-Solving Skills

Find a project, or a problem that is part of an endeavor that represents a project in itself, through a contact, friend, family member, or your own professional experience. This should not relate to another class – this needs to represent something professional. If you struggle with this at the start:

  • Ask your family, friends, contacts to share a sticking point in a project – a problem - that never was adequately resolved, and work to resolve it using two analytic methods. Or-
  • Find a quality problem that is clearly evident somewhere in the workings of the world around you. Make a project of it. Examine the problem, and find a reasonable path to an answer, or a solution, using at least two (2) analytic methods related to Project Quality Management methods – include one (1) from last week’s reading, and another of your choice. You should know what these methods are, and I have included one as a bonus below. If you are confused, refer to PMBOK or the CAPM Prep book recommended for the course.

In your report (which should be as long as you feel it needs to be – that’s part of the challenge) describe:

The context and the nature of the problem you are trying to solve, and for whom (who is the contact you used).  A “good problem” for this purpose is one that, if unresolved, impacts the overall quality of the deliverable.

The methods you chose to apply, preferably with a person or persons responsible for the success of the project. Working with someone in a position to assess the value of your approach is preferable. If you can pull this off, you can do it on the phone of course, or via zoom meeting or email exchange.

Describe the outcome of your effort. If it is a present effort, the “outcome” will be a relevant approach to solving the problem, if not a solution.  If it is a past effort, what does your primary contact person have to say regarding the helpfulness of your efforts? Have you been able to bring a new perspective to the problem?  If there were to be a follow-up meeting to the project, would your efforts represent a lesson learned, and if applied, lead to a more successful outcome?

You get the idea! Work with others or by yourself, but remember this a learning opportunity for you through

--developing the capacity to locate sticking points in real projects

--working with, perhaps teaching others to isolate a problem and strategize to solve it.

--overcoming obstacles to solve problems (including getting the appropriate feedback from others to keep moving).

And now, here is a bonus tool that can be applied to almost every PM management problem, including the one set before you.  

Feel free to use it as one (1) of the quality methods, in addition to one from last week’s readings. Tony Buzan’s approach is highly regarded in the PM community.



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