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Mentorship in Project Management for sixth form students
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Hi all,
I am part of the career readiness team for a local sixth form college, and we have a Careers Day to plan in for the next few months. We had the idea of getting the students to project manage the whole event to give them some real life experience in the field.
I would be looking to mentor them during this project, but I'd love to hear some tips / ideas from you great people on this?
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Hi Bradley,

Before initiating the project (p.charter, stakeholders id.) I would suggest you first work on these:

1) understanding of the business problem or opportunity;

2) preparation of requirements traceability, change management, document control,
and acceptance criteria;

3) elicitation, analysis, decomposition, acceptance, approval, specification, and validation of the requirements;

4) communication of the requirements status to stakeholders;

5) obtaining stakeholder sign-off on the developed solution using decision-making
techniques in order to proceed with deployment.
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You might want to divide Careers Day into a program instead of a single project. This way more of your students will have the opportunity to perform hands-on project management, instead of trying to have all 20 students (I’m guessing at the number you have) perform the same tasks. This arrangement will also allow the students to later compare what they did on their individual projects.
You might also want to set up some students as a PMO. You could designate one the PMO Director, another as the Risk Manager, etc. It would be beneficial for them to see how work and risks are coordinated across the projects.
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1 reply by Bradley Pallister
Nov 30, 2017 1:51 PM
Bradley Pallister
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Food for a lot of thought there Eric, thanks
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Nov 30, 2017 11:00 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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You might want to divide Careers Day into a program instead of a single project. This way more of your students will have the opportunity to perform hands-on project management, instead of trying to have all 20 students (I’m guessing at the number you have) perform the same tasks. This arrangement will also allow the students to later compare what they did on their individual projects.
You might also want to set up some students as a PMO. You could designate one the PMO Director, another as the Risk Manager, etc. It would be beneficial for them to see how work and risks are coordinated across the projects.
Food for a lot of thought there Eric, thanks
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1 reply by Eric Simms
Nov 30, 2017 1:53 PM
Eric Simms
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My pleasure, Bradley.
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Nov 30, 2017 1:51 PM
Replying to Bradley Pallister
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Food for a lot of thought there Eric, thanks
My pleasure, Bradley.
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Wonderful Idea.

Have each one or group lead certain part of the event so they can plan the event, execute and monitor / control then close. There are so many different activities to engage them in.
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Maybe first get an idea of those that actually want to participate so you have more buy in and effectiveness from students who want to both manage the project and get hands on experience in the field.
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I like Eric's idea of setting it up as a program with multiple projects. As long you have enough people to support multiple projects, it would be a great learning opportunity for the students and yourself, as well.

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