Weeks 1 & 2: Boldly Addressing the Most Difficult PM Problems

01/16/2020 16:44

Mid Term Will Take Place Wednesday, March 11

Note - New Homework Added at Bottom of Page


Important: I will be adding to this material as we move through the course. Students are not always good at keeping up with reading and documented requirements. It's an easy fix - just refer often to this page and you can expect to do well. 


How do you know you are a good project manager? This course will take a bit of courage as we address our strongest and yes, our weakest areas within the framework of the demanding field we have chosen.  The fact that you (mostly) know one another, and have worked with one another, will work to your advantage - if you are "present," and conscientious, enough to allow it to.

Some of the course exercises are challenging and unlike any you have encountered before. Each represents high-level learning in this field, and I ask you to do your best...but don't be surprised if you struggle. I have been through similar "real world" training in my corporate experience, and it's not necessarily fun, but is extremely enlightening. 

For all the training we have been through, and despite the skills we believe we own and those great credentials we earn, here's a brutal fact as discussed in a 2019 article: About 70% of projects fail.  In the  world of global business, investors, and entrepreneurial endeavors, your PM credentials, if you earn them, are called badges: I will explain why, as well as how they help you, and how they can't. Hint: your credentials are as limited as you are, and many folks are simply distracted and lazy in the workforce, as they do the same things the same way, repeatedly. 

More of the latest PM stats (2019).

In the early phase of the course:

You will be given a PM feedback sheet and time in class to complete it. We will discuss it.

You will be given tools and insights to understand the best fit between you and the environments in which you hope to work. (This is referred to as "refining your PM application skills.") 

You need to be able to answer these questions:

What is the difference between a general manager and a project manager?

How do you know you are a good project manager?

Where do you need to grow as a professional? What are your commitments to the profession? What weaknesses will you "work around?"

Homwork and study for week 1 and week 2, based on linked material above - as well as class discussions - be sure to review:

Why do projects fail, according to the material you were to review, and that we discussed in class?

As a PM, how will YOU prevent project failure? Figure this out, and you will rarely, if ever, be without a job.

Listen to this podcast about self-awareness as crucial to leadership development.  Start at about the 3:30 minute mark. What makes self-examination so hard, when, properly taken on as a practice, it is so personally transformative? On FRIDAY, the 31st, email a page (handwritten will do) of THREE things you learned from this podcast, and/or what you will personally commit to as an ongoing aspect of your self-development project. 

Wednesday. the 29th, hand in the Strengths worksheet for points

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