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Why ‘Applied Learning’ is vital in project management?

In the previous article, we touched on this subject and today we expand the discussion. The following is part of the SUKAD Applied Learning Program – Essentials (ALP-E).

Why Applied Learning?

Project management is an applied domain and the best way to learn it is on the job by applying the concepts. Secondly, project management must be performed in teams, and not by an individual or an incongruous group of individuals.

Numerous research by top professional organizations and SUKAD research and observations in the region suggest that classroom training, especially of a generic nature, is not enough. Even when the training leads to certifications from global project management associations, the desired learning outcomes have not been achieved. Some reasons for this may be:

  1. Most training programs depend on lectures and injecting knowledge. That knowledge is maintained until the exam, but quickly forgotten after, if not practiced on the job. Again, this is true even with generic certifications like the PMP (Project Management Professional) and PRINCE2. Unless those professionals who achieved these certifications are empowered to develop, or update, or enhance the Organizational Project Management system, then the return on investment from these training programs is reduced to a minimal.
  2. Most training, and in particular certification preparation (with the exception of the newly established PRINCE2 Professional), focuses on individual knowledge as the main requirement to pass the exam.
  3. Generic training often neglects the real life workplace dynamics in organizations, and often the techniques learned in class, even when participants buy into them, are quickly discarded by the work environment as wasteful and unnecessary.

At SUKAD we believe that learning has occurred when behavior has changed for the benefit of both the organization and the individual.

This means that the emphasis must be on creating shared workplace knowledge, leading to the formation of a collective mental model in a given environment. Such a model may include an organization specific OPM system, but also the tacit knowledge of which techniques should be selected and which team members are best suited to a particular project.

For project management, the ideal learning environment is to blend and integrates:

  • classroom lectures, with
  • practice through individual and group exercises on a real or realistic project, in the classroom, and
  • if the program supplements the classroom work with on-the-job practice on a REAL project, working with a project sponsor, and a mentor/coach if available.

In organizations where there is an established project management department or office, an internal mentor or coach would be helpful. However, if such mentors are not available, or the organization does not have a PM Department or PMO, then SUKAD Principal Consultant can fill that role. In either case, a sponsor, or project owner is necessary, and a real project would be preferred.

In other words, if organizations want the prevailing culture to change, high-level support is necessary to facilitate such change, and real life scenarios are needed to ensure relevance of the learning.

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Should organizations revisit how to learn project management?

In this post, it is a mix between sharing knowledge and advertising our services.

The question is: should organizations revisit how to learn project management? How can they develop competent staff? Continue reading

How can we make training more applicable to learners?

It is common to hear the following comments in feedback to classes and workshops: “it would have been great to link the materials to our own internal way of doing things”. Another comments, “it would also be great if the examples and case studies are from our own work.”

We agree with both of the above comments – that would be ideal but ….

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How would you like to get a PgMP Degree?

This is an old article that was published about training providers and some of the “_____” they share …

You can fill the blank with “lies”, “partial truth”, “misleading information”, etc.

Below is a sample misinformation from a message that came to me via LinkedIn

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To trust or not to trust: a PMP training provider case

In this article we discuss a situation that is somewhat representative of the project management training – in particular PMP training. This case reflects some of the bad situations out in the market but we must stress this is not about all providers. Like everything else in life there are good, bad, and ugly situations.

We wrote this article almost 2 years ago but we see the situations are still around so we publish again! Continue reading

Super Fast: Rocket Speed Learning

Recently we have been busy with a major project (in addition to the many other projects) that has taken away all of our brain cells; this is why we have not posted an article here in a while. We are sorry for not posting but the good news is we are working on adding quite a bit of content to our project management knowledge portal, which our community can access.

Today’s article is an update from the past! Continue reading

A challenge to PM professional associations, professionals, and executives

The Title

Why a “challenge to professional associations” in the title?

Because we want:

  • to challenge these professional associations, and
  • challenge the professionals in project management, and
  • challenge executives with roles influencing project management practices in their organizations … Continue reading

Do you need to memorize the ITTO’s to achieve the PMP? مع تسجيل صوت بالعربي

We are re-posting this blog, which we had posted a while back on the old blog site.

Introduction

A while back I had a young lady wanting to meet me in our offices in Dubai to discuss with me the possibility of SUKAD using her techniques on how to get PMP Exam Prep class participants memorize the ITTO. Although we are totally against memorization and even more against memorizing ITTO, I explained to her my position, especially that we would not be interested in such techniques. She insisted on meeting, and we agreed to meet. Continue reading