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Developing our Project Management Careers webinar

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APM webinar sponsored by the Midlands branch on 4 August 2021.

Speaker: Richard Tulley

Designed for project professionals who are seeking to develop their project management career, as well as managers who want to explore the development of project managers, a project management team or even a project management community or practice.

By joining this event as project professionals can understand how you can further develop your own project management career.

Through joining as a leader, director or manager you can gain some insight towards the development of project managers, building a project management team or a project management community or practice within your business.
Richard Tulley will discuss established learning and development best practices and the foundational elements for project managers’ career development.

Richard will share his experience and insight from his role at Sopra Steria and its approach to developing a community of over 400 project professionals.

https://studio.youtube.com/video/5AieSMi20BQ/edit
https://www.apm.org.uk/news/developing-our-project-management-careers-webinar/

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Developing our Project Management Careers webinar

  1. 1. Developing our Project Management Careers some experience, some ideas, some suggestions, some reflection Richard Tulley Director of Programme & Project Management Programme Director | Mentor | Coach | APM Fellow | D & I Ally
  2. 2. A project is a unique, transient endeavour, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits. A project is usually deemed to be a success if it achieves the objectives according to their acceptance criteria, within an agreed timescale and budget. The Association for Project Management (APM) what is a project? projects are delivered by people with people for people
  3. 3. I want to develop my project management capability I want to develop my project management career “I have some control” “I need to make an investment” “I need to take ownership” “I need some support” two perspectives
  4. 4. why develop people? so that they can realise their full potential so that they feel more engaged so that they feel more fulfilled “growing” confidence belonging engagement in their work-place performance in their role retention (& attraction) (positive) impact on others a “win … win”
  5. 5. many project managers only take advantage of 80% of their learning & development opportunities Exploit the time that we spend in our work-place the vast majority of our time – the “day job”, “learning on the job” “interactive learning” Make training count “formal learning” The 70 20 10 Model … as developed by Morgan McCall and the Centre for Creative Leadership how do people learn & develop 20 % Optimise the opportunities to be coached, be mentored, to network, to interact “social learning”
  6. 6. “training” is not development in our working environment doing our “day job”… this is where we spend the vast majority of our professional lives this is a developmental environment learning is largely directive training … is important too, it is not development, though 10 % 70% until knowledge is practically applied in your work-place, it is called theory competence … proficiency … expertise … becoming an effective project manager o come with the practical application of knowledge o are enhanced over time through experience o get refined through feedback, or ‘trial and error’
  7. 7. within the (wider) industry the outside-world There are opportunities here as well opportunities constraints within our organisation within our work-place this is where the opportunities are to develop… where do people learn & develop
  8. 8. learning & development foundations acquire, develop, maintain Knowledge an increasing breadth of Experience start with how you communicate … self awareness is massively important developing Behavioural Skills empathy
  9. 9. development is further enabled through: o training o being an active part of professional communities o professional accreditations that confirm a level of knowledge and (sometimes) competence o role models in your work-place o raising your professional profile o developmental assignment/roles learning & development foundations, enablers & accelerators acceleration comes thru’ social interaction o coaching … and being coached o mentoring … and being mentored o networking 20 %
  10. 10. the (wider) industry the organisation learning & development … how & where the work-place o your interactive learning o knowledge o experience o your training o knowledge o your social learning o behavioural skills
  11. 11. ? Any questions / discussion points?
  12. 12. I want to develop my project management capability “I have some control” “I need to make an investment” I want to develop my project management career
  13. 13. “I have some control” “I need to make an investment” you need a clear vision … the learning & development environment attract talent develop talent retain talent
  14. 14. sense of Community Practice mentality professional standards method & ‘ology career pathways professional communities thought leadership shared values collective identity belonging emotional attachment create a great place to work
  15. 15. is this development? be clear about what you are aiming for no, not if you are striving for growth Focus on the ways that you enable people to become increasingly … o comfortable in their surroundings o confident in their ability to fulfil their role and meet the expectations of their position o fulfilled in their work-place o feeling like they belong spoiler alert … promotion is more of an outcome than a goal
  16. 16. one size does not fit all o each is always important o but the relative importance changes during your career
  17. 17. project manager development – two different roles to illustrate breadth of experience lead by example, delegate, direct; seen and act as programme & project management exemplars high level of direct accountability understand and implement business strategy optimise profitability and support growth; maintain effective programme/project controls; manage senior stakeholder relationships (including client & subcontractors) coach and mentor display Commercial/Financial/Risk Management acumen senior project managers relatively low level of accountability for project delivery work much more task-oriented (than outcome-based or delegated) largely supervised and directed more ‘specialist’ knowledge is important – but “now” more about awareness their day-to-day work covers a relatively limited breadth of project management competences at an early stage of their career
  18. 18. positive benefit of structured learning in the immediate-term (such as APM PFQ) positive benefit from being mentored engagement in the work-place is the most significant development factor formal learning informal learning acquiring and developing project management knowledge most important gain “broad & shallow” project management experience over time; o benefit from a consistent (familiar) work-place environment - longer-term assignment o fewer “moving parts”, more focus on the fundamentals developing behavioural skills is largely by observation and through experience and coaching - it is a future focus project manager development – two different roles to illustrate at an early stage of their career
  19. 19. knowledge largely a given – focus more depth & specialism (but it has to be maintained, and enhanced) increasing breadth of project management experience remains important developing and refining behavioural skills is the most significant development factor project manager development – two different roles to illustrate senior project managers if there is a compelling need … will be ‘specialist’ in nature positive benefit from being coached or mentored … expected to mentor and coach others developing leadership skills is of paramount importance; ditto effective coaching, communications (in the widest sense) … influencing, negotiating formal learning informal learning knowledge and experience are not enough to get you here… behavioural skills get you here
  20. 20. o training and accreditation standards o based on roles … and measurables o preferred providers o development programmes – based on roles o apprenticeship programme o early careers ‘boot camp’ o art of negotiation o art of management o being an active part of professional communities o create within an organisation (“SIG” approach) o APM (Corporate Partner) --- promote individual memberships learning & development foundations, enablers & accelerators o coaching foundation o mentoring programme o promote networking
  21. 21. you have to get the work-place right secure foundations o building knowledge … not just training … time for self learning consider shadowing and buddying establish role models o gaining an increasing breadth of experience this is about developmental assignments … o developing behavioural skills o building Confidence o building Belonging o facilitating Networking it’s not enough to develop your project managers … you have to develop their line managers too
  22. 22. ? Any questions / discussion points?
  23. 23. I want to develop my project management capability I want to develop my project management career
  24. 24. you are here developing your project management career … is a journey Your current reality Your future possibilities
  25. 25. so, where are you heading?? developing your project management career is a journey
  26. 26. What is your work-place like? o you are busy o you are often under pressure o you are multi-tasking o your mind-set is “doing” … “delivering” … “reporting” o you are focused on others (client, team, stakeholders) o the professional environment is moving at pace You are getting … o work to do o direction o instruction o coaching o shadowing o training o feedback fix your project manager work-place 10 % 70% You spend all of your working time here You need to know: 1) what you have to do and what is expected of you 2) how to do what is expected of you 3) that you have people around you who work with you and support you You need to feel: 1) comfortable in your surroundings 2) confident in your ability to fulfil your role 3) like you belong  yes × no
  27. 27. developing your project manager career take and retain ownership … it is your journey you will need support, guidance and encouragement on the way… you have already covered a lot of ground celebrate your successes you need to be clear about where you are going you need to stick with it
  28. 28. Where?? (do you want to get to) why is it important to you?? how will it feel to you?? can you visualise what will it look like?? how will it be different to now?? how will it benefit you?? how will it benefit people around you?? your project manager career goals Why?? (do you want to get there) spoiler alert … the answer is “fulfilment”
  29. 29. How?? (will you know that you have got there) Think about your expectations of how things are when you arrive your project manager career goals ?? Have you thought about the things that you most enjoy doing … the things that enthuse you More importantly, do your goals enable you to do more of the things that you most enjoy doing Things are going to be different … do you understand all the ways?? o “better” has probably had a lot of thought … o any down-side?? Beware the unintended consequences Be ready for the change
  30. 30. you are here your development opportunities Needs Opportunities Be objective Be candid Seek insightful feedback Work-place / Role
  31. 31. your boss will have a view too … and a need organisational objectives your “fit” to your role description feedback from your performance appraisal the requirements of your role you are here your development needs materiality your objectives performance mgt. actions your project manager career journey your development opportunities
  32. 32. “test” explore fix enables you to grow … and be fulfilled Practice?? Community?? some of the way, or all of the way?? building a strong network knowledge & insight thru’ others mentors ‘connections’ your project manager career environments
  33. 33. most of your time is spent here you can’t always see where you are trying to get to…. your work-place your future possibilities your career goals make time and make space you need to make time to get over here … take time create space … space to think, to focus … on your development make time it won’t happen by itself but your network might … your mentor will
  34. 34. if you only do five things … taking ownership is critical … your approach will make a significant difference (make it a positive difference) o be prepared to ask for help / guidance / support o seek out informed feedback … and moderating accordingly … not just the day before your appraisal o look objectivity and be really candid about your development needs o maintain focus on your development and your goals … making time and space o saying “yes” to opportunities that bring something new and stretch you if you want to focus on one thing that will make the biggest difference… self awareness
  35. 35. I want to develop my project management career You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending C.S. Lewis (British author and lay theologian) will you change your ending??
  • nguyenvandai19951

    Oct. 8, 2021

APM webinar sponsored by the Midlands branch on 4 August 2021. Speaker: Richard Tulley Designed for project professionals who are seeking to develop their project management career, as well as managers who want to explore the development of project managers, a project management team or even a project management community or practice. By joining this event as project professionals can understand how you can further develop your own project management career. Through joining as a leader, director or manager you can gain some insight towards the development of project managers, building a project management team or a project management community or practice within your business. Richard Tulley will discuss established learning and development best practices and the foundational elements for project managers’ career development. Richard will share his experience and insight from his role at Sopra Steria and its approach to developing a community of over 400 project professionals. https://studio.youtube.com/video/5AieSMi20BQ/edit https://www.apm.org.uk/news/developing-our-project-management-careers-webinar/

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