Course Code: PM101
Duration: 2 days
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers and anyone interested in PM
What parts of the workshop were most valuable and/or beneficial to you?
An example of WBS and Network graph creation
Critical path and network diagram
Groupwork with peers
I can use some of the tools
John covered a lot of aspects of PM. I liked that he gave many real world examples and then had us practice on a sample scenario.
Project discussions with colleagues
Project management concepts and tools
Risk assessment plan. Useful, but lacked proper introduction to the tool.
The knowledge to use in program and how to make the project easier to manage and prepare.
The overall understanding of how project management works
The planning part was very useful as we were introduced to a new way of planning.
The program was very general about program management and learned the basics. For my programs, I will need to go more granular and will need to learn more software skills and need to take another class on this. This class is applicable for someone who needs to know the basics on fundamentals of project management and risk assessment.
The skills learned will definitely be applicable to my work and personal lives. It made me consider management of projects in a different way.
The tools presented during this program are very useful and easy to implement.
Tips and tricks
Understanding of basic principles of PM methodology
Use of Management tools
Very practical and problem solving oriented.
WBS concept was really great. This can help manage many tasks.
Working in groups was very helpful.
What improvements should be made to the workshop?
A more prepared and dedicated facilitator.
Another day of MS Project training would enable to use the knowledge gained in my daily work.
Better facilitator with better communication skills. Not from IT background but from Shared Services so that the examples can be applicable for as well, different case study that could be something that happened in our company.
Case study should be exchanged with another type of project. Too much time spent on communication, I would expect to concentrate more on different technical practical topics.
Communication plan was not reviewed and it was a subject needed for the training.
Definitely training materials which are really confusing - too many workbooks. Examples are in different worksheets instead follow in one.
I don't think we needed to have both a sample scenario and then our own project for every portion, maybe we could have switched between the two for every task.
I will suggest different facilitator for project management courses.
It would've been a lot better to have this class in a training room instead of the building lounge. This location is too noisy for the purpose of a training class.
More people attending to share more real-life experiences/projects.
Project management is individual-there should be no answer key with right and wrong, as if it was a mathematics class.
Provide handouts at class instead of having us print them - an extremely minor detail, I know, but would have been very helpful!
Provide instructions on how to use the tool. That would make the tools useful instead of just starting of practical exercises without introduction.
Since the facilitator has vast PM experience, I was expecting a lot more practical examples - not to show "theory how it's done" but to show reality - practical examples & lessons learned from them. Overall the course would be very helpful to people who have never touched PM at all so the fault lies also in slightly different expectations.
The facilitator was very experienced in Project Management, but a very poor trainer, only reading the text from the book, couldn't keep the audience engaged and didn't explain half of the things from the materials. The content of the training was really good, but I was very disappointed with the "trainer".
Comments and suggestions for the facilitators
He seemed a bit confused and unfamiliar with the material.
I missed better introduction to the tools, specifically on how to use the tools. Likewise, the training did not target our issues.
The facilitator was not engaged, not completely organized and did not know the teaching material by heart. Engagement and organization are key fundamentals in the hand-out materials.
The facilitator was very knowledgeable but not able to transfer all knowledge to the group, therefore some concepts and tools were not easy to understand.
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