FranklinCovey Substantially Updates Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager Course, Blending the Best Practices of Agile and Waterfall Project Management
Course Updated to Meet The Rising Demands of The New Project Economy
With change happening at an increasing pace in technology, innovation, and the workplace, the new agile project economy requires knowledge workers across organizations to manage and complete projects successfully. And, more often than not, project management is a task delegated, rather than a skill developed. This may explain why 65 percent of projects fail each year, costing organizations money, time, opportunity, and morale. But when intentionally developed, project management skills can provide a lasting relationship between people, processes and project value, leading to organizational success. Project Management for the
By blending the best of agile and waterfall project management processes, an updated success formula and primary mindset sets the stage for the course ─ project value, plus people, plus process equals success. Projects must deliver value to an organization sooner than later, and once value is established, it’s the people who make the projects successful by following a consistent process. This is accomplished by learning to create consistent feedback loops, approach changes proactively, and conduct project retrospectives.
Kogon said, “This updated course offers participants a practical methodology, framework, and process to ensure that collective behavior change occurs. It equips them with the mindset, skillset and toolset that allows them to release their fear of managing projects. They gain the confidence they need to lead high-value projects and to engage and inspire everyone, including those who may not report to them, to volunteer their very best efforts for successful project completion.”
The content from the course provided the foundation for one of FranklinCovey’s all-time bestselling books, Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager, authored by
Model five leadership and informal authority behaviors to keep teams engaged and accountable for results: Respect, Listen First, Clarify Expectations,
Build strong informal authority that inspires project teams to consistently volunteer their best efforts.
Optimize five fundamental project phases to setup projects for success: Scope, Plan, Engage, Adapt, and Close.
Utilize a consistent process to start and finish high-value projects on time and with quality.
Create shared expectations with key stakeholders.
Influence and engage others to define a clear project scope, including clear deliverables and risk strategies.
Participants watch six video vignettes about an unofficial project manager who is handed a huge project that must be delivered with quality. Participants act as a coach along the way, as the main character does some things well and needs to improve in some areas, creating rich discussions that deepen the learning. Participants also work on their own project throughout the three 90-minute sessions with reinforcement microlearning after the course.
Kogon said, “The skills that are taught in this course are so highly sought-after and in such high demand today. Those who are trained and equipped with these skills will not only help their organizations to be successful in achieving their most important strategic goals, but they will secure their individual career success.”
Once learners have completed the three sessions, they will be able to do the following:
Session 1: Foundation, Scope
- See the importance of the unofficial project manager role in today’s world.
- Establish reasons why projects fail.
- Understand the success formula, key informal authority behaviors, and process phases based on best practices of “waterfall” and “agile” project management.
- Identify, gain access to, and interview key stakeholders.
- Create a unified and accurate scope statement.
Session 2: Plan
- Identify, prioritize, and plan a risk strategy.
- Understand the components of the work breakdown structure.
- Have confidence to try a project management software that enables more strategic project management.
Session 3: Engage, Track & Adapt, Close
- Create a cadence of accountability to keep project teams engaged.
- Simply document project status.
- Manage scope change.
- Document lessons learned and celebrate to prepare for future successful projects.
The Project Management for the
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