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Project Management for students
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What is an appropriate way to introduce Project Management for student community? What are some tools and techniques that you all have used?

Student community are a different cohort of resources with inherently different perspectives while approaching a new thought. They have different needs and not necessarily view things as seasoned professionals would do. I do believe that students will immensely benefit if Project Management framework is introduced to them early on in their education.
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The best way is to introduce some kind of formal Project management basic education to the students and then let them practically adopt some kind of PM methodology while performing their project works in their particular field of studies.

I agree that it will be very much beneficial for producing in future, better skilled Project Management Professionals.
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1 reply by Deepa Bhide
Jan 06, 2019 8:52 PM
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Thanks and I agree. Even envisioning any activity as a project even to understand the definition of project management is a good first step.
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Deepa -

PMI has lots of resources on this topic for different levels of students from elementary school all the way up. Same as for adult learners, the best way to introduce it is through hands-on practice with a simulation but the nature of the simulation and the depth of coverage will vary based on the age (and attention span!) of the learners.

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Deepa

While practical application can be greatly helpful as a teaching tool, I would advise caution regarding using students' current projects in other courses to apply their PM learning. I made this mistake myself in my final year attending university.

The problem is that the pace of the formal PM learning often does not align well with the pace of student projects. I had a senior project were I was developing laboratory hardware at the same time I was learning about PM. I could probably been far more efficient if I had started my project AFTER learning about PM methods but instead, as I kept learning about about PM methods, I kept re-working my design project to align with my new PM knowledge.

It's much the same as if you are half-way through a project and a new manager comes along who wants everything reorganized in a different way. While the tools they want might be useful, introducing them at the wrong time can be very disruptive.

While I would completely agree that students should consider how they might apply PM principles and practices into their existing work, I would caution them to be careful about completely overhauling their existing work to align with new knowledge they are just now learning regarding PM.

Keith
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1 reply by Deepa Bhide
Jan 07, 2019 8:25 PM
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Keith, thank you for the insights. They are truly helpful. Deepa
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Jan 06, 2019 2:39 AM
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The best way is to introduce some kind of formal Project management basic education to the students and then let them practically adopt some kind of PM methodology while performing their project works in their particular field of studies.

I agree that it will be very much beneficial for producing in future, better skilled Project Management Professionals.
Thanks and I agree. Even envisioning any activity as a project even to understand the definition of project management is a good first step.
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They need to know that they are performing project management from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. When they understood that is time to find a "framework" or process (like PRINCE2) to give all they do some kind of formality. I teached project management to lot of people that did not know anything about PMI and others, including students. What I did is taken real life cases of studies and worked with them (form example to plan a wedding).
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Jan 06, 2019 1:22 PM
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Deepa

While practical application can be greatly helpful as a teaching tool, I would advise caution regarding using students' current projects in other courses to apply their PM learning. I made this mistake myself in my final year attending university.

The problem is that the pace of the formal PM learning often does not align well with the pace of student projects. I had a senior project were I was developing laboratory hardware at the same time I was learning about PM. I could probably been far more efficient if I had started my project AFTER learning about PM methods but instead, as I kept learning about about PM methods, I kept re-working my design project to align with my new PM knowledge.

It's much the same as if you are half-way through a project and a new manager comes along who wants everything reorganized in a different way. While the tools they want might be useful, introducing them at the wrong time can be very disruptive.

While I would completely agree that students should consider how they might apply PM principles and practices into their existing work, I would caution them to be careful about completely overhauling their existing work to align with new knowledge they are just now learning regarding PM.

Keith
Keith, thank you for the insights. They are truly helpful. Deepa
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I think Agile in general and Scrum in particular is the best tool for student community. Students need simple and easy to understand tools that they can quickly absorb practices and principles to apply for their projects. Other tools like PDCA, Kaban, A3 Thinking of Toyota... can help.
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1 reply by Keith Novak
Jan 07, 2019 10:49 PM
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Nguyen, I agree that they should learn useful tools and would add Six Sigma to the list, but I also see the value in understanding the overall project lifecycle. The tools are often used most in specific phases of the project.

I find that many new employees straight out of school don't have the broader understanding of the business and where they fit into it. They can sometimes make poor decisions because they don't really understand the needs of their internal customers.
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Jan 07, 2019 8:46 PM
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I think Agile in general and Scrum in particular is the best tool for student community. Students need simple and easy to understand tools that they can quickly absorb practices and principles to apply for their projects. Other tools like PDCA, Kaban, A3 Thinking of Toyota... can help.
Nguyen, I agree that they should learn useful tools and would add Six Sigma to the list, but I also see the value in understanding the overall project lifecycle. The tools are often used most in specific phases of the project.

I find that many new employees straight out of school don't have the broader understanding of the business and where they fit into it. They can sometimes make poor decisions because they don't really understand the needs of their internal customers.
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At a student level, it would be good to introduce the concepts and topics of Project Management. They will have a good understanding of different knowledge areas, phases of the project and the various processes a project has. All this without going too much in depth. At this stage, a high-level overview would be beneficial.

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