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what do you consider the introductory steps for Technical people to start with Project Management?
Currently, in the local PMI Chapter, I was asked to define an introductory program (short webinars) for IT People that could be interested in PM or to start the journey to become PMs. What do you think can be good topics to start with?
I have thought about leadership, planning, agile mindset, risk management, and budget, among others. Thank you for your help.
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Juan -

You've picked some good topics, but you might need to start even more foundational:

- What is (and isn't) a project
- What is project management
- What are the benefits of project management

Kiron
In addition to what Kiron provides I would look at discussing the personal benefits and rewards of becoming a project manager and the skill set it takes to become one.

My first question is always: "Why would you want to be a project manager?"
IT folks tend to be technical. If you want to keep your attention, pay attention to tools and processes.
Juan,

you could start with the talent triangle, they already understand the technical side a bit and they need to also understand the human side, stakeholder management, team building, customer view and yes, leadership.
I'd recommend providing the audience with insight into the actual tasks and responsibilities of a PM. It's important to provide a glimpse into the day-to-day reality. I've also found that using a familiar, real-world endeavor as an example (planning a vacation, wedding, house move, etc.), helps folks to connect with and retain new PM concepts.
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1 reply by Norman Goldsmith
May 05, 2022 11:53 AM
Norman Goldsmith
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I agree, especially with using real-world examples. For years my go-to exercise was planning breakfast for two. I often had administrative assistants in my introductory course, and they had no trouble with understanding scope, budget, quality, risk....etc.
May 05, 2022 9:21 AM
Replying to Karen Haefner
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I'd recommend providing the audience with insight into the actual tasks and responsibilities of a PM. It's important to provide a glimpse into the day-to-day reality. I've also found that using a familiar, real-world endeavor as an example (planning a vacation, wedding, house move, etc.), helps folks to connect with and retain new PM concepts.
I agree, especially with using real-world examples. For years my go-to exercise was planning breakfast for two. I often had administrative assistants in my introductory course, and they had no trouble with understanding scope, budget, quality, risk....etc.

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