Project DPro Success Story: Maged Kassoum

Project DPro Success Story: Maged Kassoum

Case Studies, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project Management
Name: Maged KassoumCountry: SyriaStudy: Self-Study or Training "I am Maged Kassoum. A humanitarian young man worker based in Syria. I think no effort is required to define or explain SYRIA. I am writing to tell you about my experience in achieving Project DPro Level1, especially how I proudly gained Project DPro certificate.Living in conflict zone, I apprehend the deep need for acquiring more professional skills and competences in humanitarian domain, especially in project development sector. I joined many INGOs: Syria Recovery Trust Fund/SRTF as field coordination officer; Islamic Relief Worldwide as FLS project officer and ACTED as TVET and SME Livelihoods assistant. During that time, my need to have more knowledge about managing projects increased fast; it even turned to a must. I was eager to attend and to study the most professional…
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6 tips for keeping your team motivated

6 tips for keeping your team motivated

Development Sector, Leadership
This article was originally published on APM.   The motivated team is the more productive team. That's a fairly well established fact. As the project manager or PMO director how do you get there? How do you make sure your project teams are as motivated and engaged as possible every time out on every project? As usual, I have some thoughts and opinions - coming from experience, logic and observation – that result in my personal list of six key tips to keep your project teams focused on the end goal...   1. Pay them well and timely This may apply more to consulting situations but consultants are people, too. Your project management staff and supporting team members – pay them well. Trust me, keeping the good ones around –…
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Managing Complexity

Managing Complexity

Leadership, Program Management
Development professionals everywhere work to address the most complex global and local problems, ranging from extreme poverty and armed conflict, to outbreaks of infectious disease and gender-based violence. The root causes of the problems that development and on-governmental organizations (NGOs) seek to overcome often require multiple strategies and interventions to address the complex causes of poverty, violence, disease, social injustice, environmental degradation, and humanitarian disaster.   [wpdm_package id='5517']   Working in a dynamic sector requires multi-dimensional solutions to bring about change and an approach that equips country and regional teams to be responsive and capable of delivering excellent programs in a continuously changing environment. To do this successfully, a Program Manager must have a good understanding of the external context and make sound judgments regarding the implementation of programs, projects…
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How to be productive when you’re juggling multiple projects?

How to be productive when you’re juggling multiple projects?

Development Sector, Leadership
This article was originally published on APM.   Do you feel overwhelmed by the number or variety of projects that you’re handling simultaneously? Many professionals welcome the opportunity to take on different roles and responsibilities, or to deal with several clients or campaigns at the same time – there’s no better way to avoid boredom. But just as juggling balls in the air requires coordination and dexterity, it also takes a certain skill-set to get things done while juggling in a metaphorical sense. Here are my top tips:   Resist the urge to multi-task While listening to a conference call about one project, are you tempted to check your email, scroll through social media, or jot down notes about something totally unrelated. Or do you keep several screens open on…
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Social Development Project Management Overview

Social Development Project Management Overview

Development Sector, Statistics
The Communitaria Consultoria Social has concluded a research about Social Development Project Management in Brazil: "This research reflects our discomfort on issues faced daily as a consultancy. At times, we partake in dialogue with organizations trying to clarify how to form adequate goals for projects, while other times we discuss advanced methods of impact evaluation. In the field of social investment we have many different levels of knowledge that provoke us continuously. We frequently catch ourselves in conversations about just how much the challenges we encountered during operations have in common. Therefore, the idea was to create conversation around discussing the number of coincidences and to what extent the exchange of knowledge and of practices can lead us - as part of the social investment field - to discuss and find solutions more collectively. We…
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Culture Eats Tech for Breakfast to Drive Innovation at International NGOs

Culture Eats Tech for Breakfast to Drive Innovation at International NGOs

Development Sector
This article was originally published on Humentum. It is no secret that NGOs are not readily included in the conversation about organizations that are driving innovation with digital mindsets and solutions. With the pace of change quickening for everyone working for social good around the world, we decided to dig deeper into how to accelerate digital transformation in our sector. One of the headline sessions at the recent Humentum Annual Conference explored whether NGOs will have the skills to thrive in the emerging digital world—or be left behind!   A HOT TOPIC! About 100 people crammed the room and overflowed into the hall for almost two hours to wrestle with how we can build the skills, culture and processes needed for digital transformation. At the start of the session, we…
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Inclusive Project DPro for Visually Impaired

Inclusive Project DPro for Visually Impaired

Development Sector, Project DPro, Project Management
Author: Cristiano Moura Inspired by the democratization of information and access to management tools provided by the Project DPro Guide, Cristiano Moura developed a method to train the visually impaired in project management, specifically in the initial phase of the Project Life Cycle. This method proposes that the visually impaired can design projects, improve management, attract resources and be recognized professionals of the social development sector, after all, now they can see how to make a good justification of their projects and design structured projects, taking into account the tools of Identification and Design of Design, as Tree of Problems, Tree of Objectives and mainly the Logical Framework. And how could that be possible? Eyes of a visually impaired person are also in their hands, so the idea was to…
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RedR UK Mentoring: The next step

RedR UK Mentoring: The next step

Development Sector
  This article was originally published on RedR UK.   RedR UK’s Mentoring Programme is designed to support junior professionals as they look to gain experience in the humanitarian sector. We pair Mentees with an experienced humanitarian in the same field who can assist them in taking their 'next step' in the sector. Mentors provide technical guidance, information on the humanitarian sector and support with potential career paths and opportunities. All of our Mentors are experiences humanitarians, which allows them to offer practical advice which is grounded in real-life experience. To support their journey, all Mentors receive free, high-quality online training, and consistent support from RedR UK throughout the process. Read More
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Project management – a first career choice

Project management – a first career choice

Project Management
This article was originally published on APM. If you’re reading this, you are probably a project professional. You won’t need convincing of the fact that project professionals make things happen. Among a student audience, the project profession has had relatively little visibility, typically being part of a STEM-related activity which, while laudable, doesn’t do justice to the sheer breadth of opportunity projects offer. If you have several years of work experience, your project life is likely to have been your second or third career stage rather than your first – or something you had previously done alongside another role. There is nothing wrong with that but there is a sense that the time has come to promote the first-career project professional. Aside from the Royal Charter and the Chartered Project…
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Leadership Matters: Building the conditions for sustainable organizational learning and impact

Leadership Matters: Building the conditions for sustainable organizational learning and impact

Tools
This article was originally published on Humentum by Piers Bocock I’m not sure how it happened: perhaps it’s just a factor of time and persistence; or maybe it’s the hints of gray near my temples. But suddenly I find myself in a place where people think I have a degree of wisdom to share -- especially when I spend a lot of time talking about leadership. So let me start this piece by acknowledging that when I speak about leadership, I most often focus on those traits in others that I observe in conjunction with effective, happy, productive, creative and dynamic teams -- mainly because they are characteristics to which I aspire. At the same time, there are those who are put into positions where they have leadership responsibility for teams,…
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