Giving thanks to the project management pioneers
People have managed projects throughout history without the management infrastructure we have today that allows us to pursue best practice. Sometimes we need to stop and thank the pioneers for this new world, advises editor Adeline Teoh.
Self-directed learning in project management
PMI has developed six categories of PDUs in which one can obtain certification credits. Anne Booc provides advice on how to attain PDUs in Category C, Self-Directed Learning, one of the three Educational categories.
Simulation and Industry Mentors—Weterman, Hogan
Simulation and Industry Mentors as a pathway to learning ‘near world’ Project Management
Students are increasingly finding it difficult to learn project management in a classroom environment that is conducted using a traditional teaching approach as it lacks the complexity to bring real-life project experiences to life. Simulation is a widely accepted technique to create models that resemble the real life business context and can be very useful for teaching and learning project managzement. Expert project managers can also share project management scenarios with the students and successfully mentor them during their learning process. This paper brings these two techniques together and presents an alternative teaching methodology for project management that uses latest simulation technology and involves industry mentors to generate ‘near world’ project knowledge and a positive learning experience in a stimulating, enjoyable and engaging learning and teaching environment.
Author: Linda Weterman, Frank Weterman, Tania Hogan
Review status: Presented at the 2011 PMOz Conference (PMI endorsed)