“How to” guides

“How to” guides

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

We have launched a series of “How to” guides to provide more details on the Project DPro and Program DPro tools and techniques.

These booklets present guidance and tips to develop some of the Project DPro and Program DPro tools. Some of the activities related to the project/program management routine are also included in the “How To” collection. The first guides are:

  • How to Be a Mentor
  • How to create a Gantt Chart
  • How to create a Logframe (Logical Framework)
  • How to create a Network Diagram
  • How to create a Project Budget

Please note that this is a resource available at the DPro+ platform. In order to access the DPro+ you must be Project DPro or Program DPro certified.

Visit the “How to” Guides page at the DPro+ platform and access the first ones. We will publish a new “How to” every week! Follow our social media and keep an eye at our blog.

If you have an idea for a “How to” guide or you would like to write one, please contact our team and share your experience.

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Project DPro Guide – PMD Pro 2nd Edition

Project DPro Guide – PMD Pro 2nd Edition

PM4NGOs, PMD Pro, PMD Pro Certification, Project DPro

PM4NGOs is delighted to announce the launch of the Project Management for Development Professionals Guide – Project DPro (PMD Pro 2nd Edition). The Project DPro Guide reflects years of learning, feedback from hundreds of development professionals, and a two-year development process. It also aligns with Program DPro Guide.

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Guía Project DPro – Segunda Edición Guía PMD Pro

Guía Project DPro – Segunda Edición Guía PMD Pro

PM4NGOs, PMD Pro, PMD Pro Certification, Project DPro

PM4NGOs se complace en anunciar el lanzamiento de la Guía de Gestión de Proyectos para Profesionales del Desarrollo – Project DPro (Segunda Edición de la Guía PMD Pro). La Guía Project DPro representa años de aprendizaje, retroalimentación de cientos de profesionales de desarrollo y un proceso de elaboración de dos años, así como una alineación con la Guía Program DPro.

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Proventures Education and Consulting Services, PM4NGOs training partner

Proventures Education and Consulting Services, PM4NGOs training partner

Partners, PM4NGOs, PMD Pro

Proventures Education and Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd. is an organization dedicated to knowledge,
competency and process development which impact the bottom line of any Organization. We
provide training, implementation and consultancy services in the areas of Project Management,
Program Management, Portfolio Management, Software Tools / Systems on Project Management at
individual and Enterprise level. Over the last 14 years we have served more than 200 clients across
many domains including NGOs and Government sectors.

Proventures offers trainings on PMD Pro Level1, PMD Pro Level 2 and Program DPro in English and
other Indian languages

It supports implementing PMD Pro and Program D Pro standards using Microsoft Project Online.

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PMD Professionals:  Hassan Jenedie

PMD Professionals: Hassan Jenedie

Case Studies, Humanitarian Sector, PM4NGOs, PMD Pro

Hassan Jenedie (Capacity Building & Partnership Manager at Syrian Forum- Bousla)is an experienced Project Manager and shared some of his thoughts in this article: 

  • What was your first contact with project management?

The contact was in 2014 when I attended a Project Management for Development training conducted by Goal Organization as a trainee with the trainer Mr John Cropper. I was invited as a project manager working on projects inside Syria to operate eight hospitals and twelve primary health care centres.

  • How did you hear about PMD Pro – what interested you about this? Your journey.

The most thing interests me about PMD PRO, is unifying international project management concepts, terminology, tools, and techniques between humanitarian workers.

At the first stage, PMD Pro gives me opportunities to gain a solid foundation in international project management concepts, terminology, tools, and techniques. Then enhancing my skills through working and learning from peers in other NGO project managers who face similar challenges in their jobs. Also the best practices in project management and gain a clearer picture of your role within a project.

  • How did PMD Pro improve your work?

PMD Pro help me improve my work by

–              Sharing and applying good practices in project management ;

–              Contributing to improving the organizational processes related to PM ;

–              Using tools and techniques that accelerate the job in good quality;

–              The ability to adhere to and respect the project’s commitments and deadlines before the donors and teamwork.

In addition, it played the main role to promote me to different positions, as Program Manager, Deputy CEO and the last one Capacity Building Program Manager. In addition, I was selected to register the PMD Pro in the Arabic language as online training on the disaster-ready platform. Actually it is not improved only my work but contributed to improving the work of other organization which I delivered the training to them such as (Relief International- World Vision-Acted-COSV-SAMS-SEMA-UOSSM etc….), the estimated number of trainees exceeded 1800.

  • Why do you think PMD Pro is important for NGOs?

PMD Pro is very important for the NGOs for the following reasons:

–              Easy communication between all parties working in the humanitarian sector.

–              Getting benefits from implementing the good practices shared between NGOs to deliver the project’s results in the context of the time, budget, scope, quality and risks.

–              Establishing and maintaining a good and detailed project plans.

–              The ability to reuse the tools and techniques between projects and getting benefits from the lessons learnt.

–              Ability to deliver the intangible results of the projects to the target society.

  • What challenges did you face?

The main challenges of using the PMD Pro is that:

–      There is no application software in the humanitarian sector helps the teamwork to easily implement and follow up on the project’s activities by entering the project inputs.

–      The difficulty of applying some PMD pro practices in some emergency circumstances (high-risk areas) in term of time, in that case, the priority will be saving lives rather than applying them.

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Do Our Projects Have Permission to Fail?

Do Our Projects Have Permission to Fail?

PM4NGOs

This post has been originally published at the DPro Blog
hosted by our training partner Pyramid Learning

At a recent conference, Robert Jenkins, an assistant administrator at USAID, was quoted saying, “There are a few things maybe that we don’t do very well. One of them is admitting something isn’t working, and two, acting and moving at the speed of relevance.”

Jenkins’ quote reminded me of a recent conversation I had with course participants at a recent PMD Pro workshop. They were talking about how valuable it was to have opportunities to practice with the project management tools.  One person, in particular, said he especially appreciated the workshop’s learning games, because they gave him ‘permission to fail’.

Note – readers who have attended workshops I facilitate, know that I like using games in training. Participants make bridges out of straws, build spaghetti towers, make paper aeroplanes, design pyramids etc. Here are a couple of pictures from recent events. We have all kinds of fun playing games &, of course, they are all linked to different learning objectives.

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PMD Pro 2nd Edition launches March 23: are you ready?

PMD Pro 2nd Edition launches March 23: are you ready?

PM4NGOs

This post has been originally published at the DPro Blog
hosted by our training partner Pyramid Learning

We’re excited and ready!  For almost two years, we have been working with the PM4NGOs team preparing for the update – reviewing content, updating learning plans and planning for launch.  As part of our preparations, we will facilitate the first virtual PMD Pro course aligned to the new version of the Guide. The course starts on February 24th and finishes on March 20th.  So this is a chance to learn – using the new new Guide and preparing to take the new exam as soon as it is formally launched.

In some ways, the launch of the PMD Pro Version 2 has us feeling nostalgic.  The team at Pyramid Learning has been involved with the PMD Pro for thirteen years,  In fact, both our principals were at the meeting where the PMD Pro was first pitched.  John Cropper delivered one of the first trainings – in Zambia with World Vision – and since then, PMD Pro has formed a significant part of our professional lives.  

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PMD Professionals: Shahriar Khan

PMD Professionals: Shahriar Khan

Case Studies, Humanitarian Sector, PM4NGOs, PMD Pro

Shahriar Khan is an experienced Project Manager and shared some of his thoughts in this article: 

  • What was your first contact with project management?

My first contact with Project Management was in 2005 when I joined Crown Agents in Bangladesh. I used to work with a number of development projects in Bangladesh across multiple sectors. 

  • How did you hear about PMD Pro – what interested you about this? Your journey.

I first heard about PMD Pro some time in 2011. At that time, I was working full time for Crown Agents in the UK and used to deliver project management training at the Crown Agents International Training Centre in London. The project management course was focused on development projects as most of the participants were from public sector organisations from the developing countries. So, we were considering aligning the course with PMD Pro certification. However, we did not get necessary internal approvals as the PMD Pro certification was deemed too much NGO focused. 

In 2015, we reviewed the decision and decided to align the existing two-week course on Project Management with PMD Pro. I led the project and the first Crown Agents PMD Pro course was held in 2015. I led the delivery of that course as well and it was great to have all candidates successfully passed PMD Pro Level 1. 

Since then I have delivered many PMD Pro training courses in the UK, Bangladesh, Kenya and Lebanon. Last year, I delivered PMD Pro training courses to participants from more than 50 organisations in Lebanon public sector. 

At Game Changer we have also created online training courses on PMD Pro Level 1 and Level 2. 

  • How did PMD Pro improve your work?

PMD Pro has helped us to build project management capacity of organisations. Majority of the participants value the learning and certification highly. It helps people to gain the key knowledge and skills to manage project and give them confidence. Although certification itself does not make someone a good project manager, it does help as it means the certified professionals are likely to use standard project management tools and principles. 

  • Why do you think PMD Pro is important for development organisations?

Adopting PMD Pro in any development organisation can be highly beneficial for the organisation as it will ensure all the project managers are applying the best practices in managing their development projects. It’s surprising how many development organisations do not have any particular project management methodology although a significant part of their core work is done through projects. Effective project-based organisations usually develop their own project management methodology based on one or more standard project management methodologies. For development organisation like NGOs, donor organisations, and public sector organisations, adopting PMD Pro can be a great start as it is developed by the sector and are highly relevant to develop projects. 

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The four biggest people management mistakes on transformation projects

The four biggest people management mistakes on transformation projects

Leadership

This article has been originally published at APMG

Alistair Sergeant, chief executive officer of Equantiis (formerly known as Purple Consultancy), is used to delivering transformation projects. One of their successes was a project with Manchester Metropolitan (Met) University, helping them to transform the student experience using the latest technologies.

The Manchester Met project was a shining example of how to effectively manage a transformation project, says Sergeant. Many run into difficulties or fall flat on their faces at some stage during the process – almost all due to people and culture issues.

“It’s about aligning people up for a change within the organisation. There is a lot of fear that happens when you do a change project,” he says. “I’m a big believer that people don’t hate change, it’s just when change is forced upon them and they’re not on the journey, is where we end up having problems.”

So, if the challenge with transformation projects is getting the people on board, what are some mistakes that project managers can avoid?

  1. Not allocating the right resource

“Typically with transformations, I see organisations start the journey, but trying to implement it alongside their day jobs,” says Sergeant.

As a result, people are allocated tasks to do as part of the transformation project, but never have enough time to work on it, and it gets pushed down the priority list. The project is killed through a lack of time and interest.

“What Manchester Met were very good at, was working with us on developing a designated team that were back filled from the day job, seconded to work on the project,” Sergeant explains. “And what that does is set a precedent throughout the whole project that ‘we’re taking this seriously, this change is happening and we’re all part of this moving forwards’.”

2. Not being clear about why you’re doing it

“I can guarantee you, nine times out of ten when I’m involved in transformation projects, people aren’t even clear of why they’re doing it in the first place,” says Sergeant. “They will typically be doing it because someone in IT has said they need an upgrade, without any real strategic alignment of what it’s going to do.”
 
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The fastest learner wins. Every day.

The fastest learner wins. Every day.

Leadership, PM4NGOs

This article has been originally published at APMG

Technology is moving rapidly – so how do we keep up?

CEOs complain about the lack of employee’s essential skills

According to PwC’s 22nd Annual Global CEO Survey, four out of five CEOs complain about their employees lack of essential skills and identified this factor as a threat to growth. The problem has escalated over the past five years and is raised consistently across all regions: CEOs in Japan and Central/Eastern Europe are most worried (95% and 89%, respectively), whereas those in Italy (55%) and Turkey (45%) are the least anxious about it.

The skills shortage can restrict growth chiefly because it stifles innovation and raises workforce costs. It’s understandable that organizations are concentrating on reskilling. Given the right context, people can be highly adaptable, and an organization’s ability to harness that adaptability will be critical as the world of work evolves.

Employees are willing to learn

The good news is that employees are more than willing to reskill and upskill. According to a PwC global survey of more than 12,000 workers, employees are happy to spend two days per month on training to upgrade their digital skills. Digital skills have a short shelf life, so learning will need to be continuous and woven into the organizational culture.

Skills mismatches have a direct impact on a nation’s GDP, tax revenues and social safety net bill.

So, the OECD Skills Outlook 2019 aims to understand how policies (in particular those that affect skills development and use), can shape the outcomes of digital transformation and translate into more equally shared benefits among and within countries’ populations. 

The Economist reports that as automation, AI, and new job models reconfigure the business world, lifelong learning has become accepted as an economic imperative.

Development is important for employee happiness

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