Mounir Ajam is eager to awaken the giant of project management within individuals, organizations, and nations! Mounir is a project management author, executive, consultant, and social entrepreneur. Mounir is open to further learning and knowledge sharing.He has global experience working on projects in the United States, Europe, South East Asia, West Asia, and Africa. He has been privileged to work on multiple small projects and mega projects.
A common question that comes to mind is the following: Can project management be simplified, especially for small-simple projects? One of the reasons we hear this type of comments is because, often enough, those asking the question are introduced to project management via certification courses. Their project management training can be a course to help them prepare for an exam that they will never take nor do they need.Continue reading →
This post is an announcement for a new program that SUKAD is launching globally. It is a project management-online-applied learning program. The program is The Quest to Mastering Project Management. Our aim is to use the PM Quest as the platform to help you learn how to master project management. Who are you? Any professional, manager, project manager, PMO manager or director, and even youth.
Why the Quest to Mastering Project Management?
In order not to repeat, we advise you to refer to this recent article.
Mastering Project Management – a Program
After more than one year of thinking about this, we decided to have an online program as one of our four major 2018 goals. Therefore, in January, we started to explore the idea further. Then in February, we moved from thinking to doing. We started to formally work on the program, as a formal program (in the project management context. In the project management context, a program consists of various projects related to a common business objective. We will be publishing a book or e-books about this program and some of its projects.
Consequently, we launched the online program. The program title is The Quest to Mastering Project Management. The initial projects in the program include a Program Setup Project and three Learning Projects. Keep in mind, each online course is treated as a project in the program. We even created a logo for the program, as you can see below.
What does the PM Quest offer so far?
From February to today (6 May 2018), the following are what we have accomplished so far:
Technically, the Overview is not a course, it is a short orientation.
Further, the following image shows the hierarchy of the PM Quest, per the current vision.
There are many confusions in the project management world where practitioners often have a different understanding of many of the key terms. Therefore, it is necessary to have a common ground where we help practitioners learn the terminology. Of course, our definitions are not a global standard but they will be the standard for the PM Quest courses.
After May 10, The Overview and The Fundamentals will remain free on the PM Quest Site with the paid enrollment of any other course.
The PM Quest consists of six themes and Theme 1 focuses on Applied Project Management. Since our goal is to have the quest as a pioneering and unique program, it would be guided by the PM Coach, yours truly Mounir A. Ajam. Most of the courses (or what we like to call as adventures) will be interactive where YOU, the learner, will be able to engage with the PM Quest Community and the PM Coach.
With the above message as the spirit and the core value for the PM Quest, the next adventure, which we released a couple of days ago is Learning an Adaptive Methodology for Managing Projects. You can access this adventure via https://pmquest.sukad.com. During May 2018, learners can buy this course for 75% discount, or US$ 56. Share this post and tag us by 10 May 2018 and you could win a free enrollment – two tickets available.
What is next?
We will offer a different perspective on the PMBOK Guide, with an emphasis on applying the guide on real-world projects; instead of a focus on ITTO, PMP certification, or a copy-paste job.
Speaking of PM Certifications
We believe there is an overemphasis on project management certifications. We realize the PMP Craze. However, we also believe that certifications and the PMP are not the only way to add value to our careers, organizations, and nations. Therefore, when we established the vision for the Quest to Mastering Project Management, we are not ignoring certifications but we did not make a core focus. Even more, it is a fraction of the program as you can see in the next image. Consequently, the certification courses are the red oval in the middle left of this image.
If you are in project management and wants to advance your career, what are you waiting for? The PM Quest is ready for those courageous souls who welcome the challenge of learning applied project management. It is for those who are open to breaking away from a common path. The quest is for those who realize popularity is not necessarily an indication of great learning.
Then, are you one of those courageous souls? Are you interested in great project management learning, anywhere, anytime, and on any device? If you are, remember, your project management coach is a click away.
Mastering project management is not an easy task. Sure we can learn some concepts in a course or two. We can demonstrate knowledge by passing a certification exam. We can learn the theory by reading a book. However, to master a domain, like project management, requires significant effort, and time. Did we say time? The first step in mastering project management is to understand the project management fundamentals. The Fundamentals is the first essential adventure in the SUKAD PM Quest.
Project Management Fundamentals
Here are some questions:
Can a risk event be good?
Is it possible that a 5-star hotel is a ‘bad’ quality hotel?
Do we still use the term ‘task’ in project management and what does it mean?
Is the project manager a clerk or an executive – strategic leader?
How to differentiate between output and outcome?
Why “pre-project” is not part of the project life cycle?
What is a phase or a stage?
Are Oranges – orange or blue?
Many of these questions are fundamentals concepts that we must learn them before we can build the organization project management function or methodology.
Click on the Orange Picture to access the course.
Mastering Project Management
Notice we are using the verb form mastering and not ‘master’ because we do not know if anyone can truly master (all of) project management. I have MSc from a top university in project management and more than three decades of experience and I dare say that I have mastered project management. So why Mastering? Because mastery is an ongoing effort. We can Master a subject, a skill, or even more. This is why we are developing The Quest to Mastering Project Management, PM Quest, and with many themes. The various themes cater toward different interest and focus.
Notice, the Fundamentals on top, which is not a theme, it is a prerequisite to all of the themes.
The following image shows the structure of the PM Quest.
Since we are just starting this strategic program, the above image represents the vision. Many of the courses (adventures) are available on PowerPoint for a physical classroom setting. The challenge is to convert as many of them to fit the online environment. We aim to have a new course every few weeks. We released the Overview last week (mid-April 2018). Our team will be releasing The Fundamentals today or tomorrow at the latest (24 April 2018). We will release our next adventure by mid-May.
The following image presents the possible routes a learner can consider to build a learning path. The yellow path is our recommendation for the first path.
Project Management Coach, A Click Away
We want to hear your feedback, comments, suggestions, or even critique. You can email us at PMCoach@sukad.com or join us on the various social media channels of SUKAD or even the dedicated groups that we set up for the PM Quest on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Remember, your project management coach, a click away.
This article is indirectly an announcement for a project management seminar that SUKAD will be hosting in Dubai on the 16th of April 2018, and likely to repeat in Abu Dhabi on 30 April 2018. The hot topic of the day is “Debunking the myth of what is a project management methodology.” Continue reading →
The PMP certification is highly popular and in demand. Therefore, it is natural that so many professionals want to achieve the PMP certification, whether they have project management experience or not. The challenge is that there are hundreds of groups on social media site and many of them are questionable in what they post, share, or advocate. Consequently, there is much misleading stuff out in the market that confuses the PMP aspirants. Further, the wrong advice often results in significantly increasing the PMP preparation time. Continue reading →
Is it time to rethink the project management function? What triggered this discussion, is a recent post on rethinking the PMO. I know I have written on this topic before, but many articles on social media keep popping up, which encouraged me to write again. Today, we will make the case to rethink the project management function. We advocate moving from PMO to OPM, organizational project management.
Do we execute or manage projects? Maybe we should be more direct and ask: do we kill projects or lead projects to success? We need to enhance our view and understanding of project management and project life cycle. Continue reading →