Project DPro Professionals:  Hassan Jenedie

Project DPro Professionals: Hassan Jenedie

Case Studies, Humanitarian Sector, PM4NGOs, Project DPro

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 Project DPro – what interested you about this? Your journey.

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

At the first stage, Project DPro 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 Project DPro improve your work?

Project DPro help me improve my work by

–              Sharing and applying good practices in project management ;

–              Contributing to improving the organizational processes related to project management;

–              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 Project DPro 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 Project DPro is important for NGOs?

Project DPro 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 Project DPro 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 Project DPro 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.P

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Project DPro Professionals: Shahriar Khan

Project DPro Professionals: Shahriar Khan

Case Studies, Humanitarian Sector, PM4NGOs, Project DPro

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 Project DPro – what interested you about this? Your journey.

I first heard about Project DPro 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 Project DPro certification. However, we did not get necessary internal approvals as the Project DPro 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 Project DPro. I led the project and the first Crown Agents Project DPro course was held in 2015. I led the delivery of that course as well and it was great to have all candidates successfully passed Project DPro Level 1. 

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

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

  • How did Project DPro improve your work?

Project DPro 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 Project DPro is important for development organisations?

Adopting Project DPro 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 Project DPro can be a great start as it is developed by the sector and are highly relevant to develop projects. 

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Project DPro Pulse 2019

Project DPro Pulse 2019

Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project Management

PM4NGOs has launched the Project DPro Pulse 2019 – a survey to identify the demand and needs of project managers at the development and humanitarian sectors.

You will be leading the project management tools/guides development in 2020/2021 and providing your opinion and recommendations along with other professionals around the world.

This survey takes approximately 15 minutes. You participation is crucial – the survey findings will not only generate a global report but, more importantly, drive PM4NGOs and its partners efforts to attending professionals and organizations’ project management needs. Please also share this initiative with your colleagues.

Click in the button below to participate on the Project DPro Pulse 2019.

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Problem Tree

Problem Tree

Diagrams, Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

Many people in the development sector waste money, time and resources by making this mistake.

They dive into working on their projects thinking they know what exactly to do to resolve a particular community related or environmental problem.

When we are doing something meaningful, (eg. helping our community) it is very easy to get emotionally attached to what we do and how we do it. This can often lead to big disappointments.

Have you experienced this?

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PMD Pro+ and Continuous Professional Development

PMD Pro+ and Continuous Professional Development

Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Training

The necessity for lifelong learning is well-established. Having become certified, fresh learning experiences help professionals to maintain their knowledge and keep up-to-date with the latest developments. Many professional qualifications are no longer valid for life, and holders must demonstrate Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in order to retain their credentials. PMD Pro+ offers a range of activities for just this purpose.

The PMD Pro and Program DPro certifications help you to gain and affirm knowledge of project and program management in the development sector. Becoming certified is a great achievement. But don´t stop there!

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Depoimento sobre o Project DPro – Saulo Esteves

Depoimento sobre o Project DPro – Saulo Esteves

Development Sector, Humanitarian Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification

Enviado pela APMG International

Nome:                  Saulo Esteves
Profissão:            Profissional de Monitoramento e Avaliação de Projetos Sociais
Organização:      ChildFund Brasil

Qual é sua opinião sobre o treinamento / exame Project DPro?

“Não tenho dúvidas de que o Project DPro é o melhor curso de gerenciamento de projetos para profissionais do terceiro setor. A grande vantagem do Project DPro é que existem excelentes ferramentas aplicáveis a todos os ciclos de vida do projeto. Além de fornecer conteúdo rico para o setor de desenvolvimento, o Project DPro permite que você seja certificado internacionalmente em gestão de projetos. Eu recentemente obtive a certificação de nível 2. ”

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Project DPro Testimonial – Saulo Esteves

Project DPro Testimonial – Saulo Esteves

Development Sector, Humanitarian Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification

Sent by APMG International

Name:                  Saulo Esteves
Role:                     Professional of Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Projects
Organization:      ChildFund Brasil

What are your thoughts on the training / exam?

“I have no doubt that Project DPro is the best project management course for professionals in the third sector. The great advantage of Project DPro is that there are excellent tools applicable to all project life cycles. In addition to providing rich content for the development sector, Project DPro enables you to be internationally certified in project management. I recently achieved the Level 2 certification.”

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APEX Global opens doors to Development and Humanitarian Sector

APEX Global opens doors to Development and Humanitarian Sector

Partners, Project DPro, Training

APEX Global (www.apexgloballearning.com), one of the Philippines’ leading learning solutions providers, announced that they have partnered with PM4NGO, an international NGO that promotes project management in the international development sector, to provide courses tailored towards the said sectors starting with the PMD Pro Certification.

“The development landscape here in the Philippines has grown significantly in the past few years.”, said Karthik Subburaman, ASSIST Asia’s Regional Director, one of APEX Global’s clients.  “I have worked with project managers who are well versed with several international PM frameworks but are unfamiliar with how the development sector operates and carries out projects”

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Program DPro (PgMD Pro) Rebranding

Program DPro (PgMD Pro) Rebranding

Program Management, Project DPro

Over the past 10 years, PMD Pro has reached 27 thousand professionals, working at 1,250 organizations, in 165 countries. This is the number of professionals that we can acknowledge because they have taken the exam – but we are sure that many more project managers and their teams are applying the PMD Pro best practices. This large community has motivated and helped PM4NGOs and its partners to go beyond the project management level.

PMD Pro has given birth to a family of best practices and methodologies: Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Financial Management, PMD Pro Starter, and supplemental materials like the Theory of Change and the Quick Reading Guides.

Informally, we refer to this group of guides and methodologies as the DPro Family.

DPro Family, Program Management, Project Management, Financial Management

To better align with the growing DPro family of methodologies and Guides, we rebranded our methodology PgMD Pro to Program DPro. Next year, we will also rebrand PMD Pro to become Project DPro (with a permanent reference to the original brand PMD Pro).

Rebranding is about changing perception. It is more commonly described as a change in how you look, sound, and write. This change will allow practitioners to better recognize all current and future DPro practices as member of one family.

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Long live the Decision Gates

Long live the Decision Gates

Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management

During the project launch meeting, suddenly, the Project Manager raises from his chair and shouts: “long live decision gates!” Yes, decision gates must live long and walk through the entire project life. But what are decision gates?

According to the PMD Pro Guide, decision gates consist of a series of points in the project that require a decision to either proceed with the next phase of the project, modify the Scope, Schedule or Budget of the project or end the project outright. Each successive decision gate builds on the work that was developed in the previous stage.

Although more common at the Setup Phase, when a formal approval is required to mobilizing resources and beginning the iterative planning and implementation phases, decision gates are helpful and necessary to connect each phase and stage of the project.

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