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e-Learning Free Courses

e-Learning Free Courses

“If I participate in the Center of Excellence on-line courses, then I can expect courses using Integrated PM following standardized best practices in adult training today, but I want to test the courses and see if they will help me in my current circumstances.”

This Blog posting maintains a listing of the e-learning, free courses offered at the Center of Excellence. If you don’t see a course, feel free to request a topic in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

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Core Values: The Facilitator (5 out of 11)

Core Values: The Facilitator (5 out of 11)

“If I participate in the volunteer coaching program, then I can have a richer and more effective experience in the Center of Excellence, but I don’t know what to expect from the facilitator, consultant, and coach.”

Every third-party role is based on a set of assumptions about human behavior. Assumptions include values (things worth striving for) and beliefs (things considered to be true) that typically are accepted as valid without testing. Because assumptions clarify biases, identifying them is important.

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Knowledge Management and Systems Thinking

Knowledge Management and Systems Thinking

“If I promote knowledge management (KM) within my organization, then others will sponsor, endorse, inspect, use, and promote the KM program, but Integrated PM will need to be a primary focus in our project centric organization."

Getting key stakeholders, champions, and users on board with Integrated PM will help the continuous performance improvement initiative grow, spread, and flourish. Failing to do so, will give rise to doubters, skeptics, and naysayers- who can subvert, undermine, and block progress.

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Range of Roles: The Facilitator (4 out of 11)

Range of Roles: The Facilitator (4 out of 11)

“If I chose to use a facilitator, then I could become more effective, but many times I’m a member of the team using the facilitator.”

A facilitator can be useful in a range of roles within the Center of Excellence community. It's important to understand the different roles, learn to perform in each of the roles, and then select the right role given the circumstance. The community uses the Consultative Role, the Coach Role, the Trainer Role, and the Leader Role.

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What is a Project in Integrated PM?

What is a Project in Integrated PM?

“If I have a solid definition of what a project is, then the triaging of new project requests can better be governed and dependable, but people always want to game the process, work it too their advantage, and in all fairness, sometimes the boundaries are a little fuzzy between a portfolio, program, project, task, and deliverable.”

This is another example of why PMs prefer Systems Thinking when exposed to it- New Project Triaging can be made systematic and less political. In Integrated PM a Project Portfolio is a system with a dominate growth feedback loop. In other words, the principle function of a portfolio is continuous growth.

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