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With so many resources available to choose from on the internet, from Open Consortium to creative Learning Communities, it begs the question of how to track all your progress. Today it is possible to watch enough YouTube videos and learn how to play guitar, just ask my stepson. He has become a fantastic guitar player almost entirely on his own by watching YouTube and just practicing. 

So I thought I would share a simple site you can use to track ALL of your learning, no matter the source. Degreed helps you find, track, and recognize ALL of your learning. They provide free resources to track and score all of your learning, everything from books to traditional classrooms and online open learning communities.

Using a scoring system similar to how your credit rating is determined, Degreed scores your learning. A YouTube video is worth .5 - 1 point while a traditional college course may be worth 80-100 points. When you extrapolate that idea further, a typical undergraduate course is worth about 1,750 - 2,000 points and it just goes up from there. 

It shouldn't matter, whether you learned how to write JavaScript in college or in your parent's basement. The same applies to project management. I studied for my PMP for six long months on my own and passed the test. Sometimes I wish I would have taken a 3-day bootcamp and then taken the test but in the end the result was the same. 

So as you continue to grow as a project manager and a leader in your neck of the woods, I highly recommend checking out Degreed. They provide a one stop shop for all of your online learning and have become the unofficial online registrar for open learning. You are able to track your progress, analyze trends, create your own learning pathways, and discover new learning resources you never knew existed. 

Also, if you are a fan of Scrum and Agile project mangement, look at how you could use this points based system to turn your learning into a personalized Scrum project. If you want to learn JavaScript or play guitar, you could research different learning resources, create story points based on their points in Degreed, calculate your "learning velocity" and start learning and reviewing your progress on a monthly or quarterly basis. I have always believed project management is the key to helping add balance and structure to the online open learning community. With Degreed, that could become a reality. 

Thanks again for sharing this moment. 

Posted on: June 05, 2015 01:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

An Agile Learning Guide for Project Managers

So my last post about looking at professional development through four quadrants seemed to get some good feedback so I wanted to elaborate on that. If we are to become leaders in our profession we have to commit to a life of curiosity, learning, discovery, and constant improvement. So why not take the the simple concepts of Scrum and and other agile methodologies and create a self-directed learning guide for project managers. So, we need to start wtih our end goal in mind. I am calling it an "Agile Learning Map" but that can change if we think of a snappier title but for now, lets role with that. Here is what it would look like. 

The upper row represents your personal learning experience, your knowledge and skills. The bottom row represents your external environment where you are judged on what you have learned. It is also where you measure your progress and share your success through whatever channels you prefer (social media, your networks, etc). 

Your learning map serves as a self-awareness/analysis tool as well as your Minimally Viable Product that you share with the stakeholders and networks you are trying to connect with and impress. The stop light charts demonstrate how you could use your map to evaluate your strengths and where you need to improve. If you want to work for a design firm like IDEO as a Creative Director one of the skills you will probably need is Web Development which requires a solid understanding of design principles. Of course if you want to work for IBM as a project manager, you may already have those skills in place so go for the gold and start applyng. 

I hope this post resonates with you and gives you some ideas of how to take this idea and apply it to your own personal growth and development. Please share your ideas in the comments section and lets start to build this out and see where it leads us. With so many digital learning resources available at our fingertips online, a self-directed learning guide that is simple could really come in handy for a lot of project managers and lifelong students. 

Be on the lookout for future posts that will elaborate on this idea. 

Posted on: May 21, 2015 01:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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