STEP 1 Understand that Project Management is an organisational discipline
Although some of the tools, methods and techniques of Project Management can be applied by individuals in their personal projects, Project Management is actually an organisational discipline.
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STEP 2 Engage senior management
We don’t really like the expression ‘to get buy-in’. People often use it cynically when they need support for an initiative from people who frustrate them. For Project Management to work, you need a different kind of involvement from senior management, more than mere ‘buy-in’. Change must come with understanding, and senior management will have to lead that change.
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STEP 3 Set a goal for the training
This is where things become very specific to you and your organisation, depending on where you are right now and what risks you need to manage.
This example shows how your initial goal could differ from the goals of others in a similar situation.
Setting a goal for the training is difficult if you don’t know what it would take to reach the goal. If you insist that you want all of the above in a half-day workshop next Tuesday, we’ll help you trim your list of requirements, or suggest a longer engagement! In short, we help you define the goal, taking into account your available time and money, your team’s prior knowledge, and so on.
STEP 4 Train accordingly
Based on the agreed approach, we quote, prepare and train to meet that goal. Our preparation often involves engaging with the people who will be trained (e.g. by means of customised questionnaires). We get consensus in advance of what would define ‘success’. Training may take a variety of forms, from one-to-one tutoring to workshops, online discussions or blended learning. In some cases, an intensive public workshop or part-time online course may be the most cost-effective way of reaching your first-step goal.
STEP 5 Evaluate and decide
Let’s say that we agreed from the onset that meeting your long-term goals would take more than just achieving your first goal. If so, we’d now need to get consensus that your first goal has actually been achieved, and possibly make some changes to the plan before we move on together with further steps.