Capacity development, learning, change, poverty/power/progress
It was fun to watch the reactions of the participants. They discovered that most capacity development initiatives in project management deal with the planning process and the resulting plan. It is as if the project goals have already been achieved as soon as the plan is submitted.
An informal survey of the time devoted to the planning process among a group of participants from Laos and Bhutan showed that planning (excluding the necessary adjustments and fine-tuning) can extend from 4 to 8 months for a 2 to 3-year technical assistance project. This is practically 17% to 22% of the total time allocated for implementation. No wonder many projects fail to achieve their goals as the time for implementation is severely restricted.
Prior to the Project Implementation Management (PIM) course, no course existed that aimed to build the capacity of project implementation teams. Implementation is the most time consuming, problematic, and unpredictable part of managing technical assistance initiatives. It can guarantee the on-time, effective and appropriate delivery of all the deliverables. Existing courses in project management likewise emphasizes planning, and seperately there are a limited number of shorter courses on softer topics like: team building, time management, human behaviour or the harder topics like time scheduling and PERT/CPM, PRINCE 2.
In a 5-day PIM course, participants bring along their their respective projects and walk through the entire implementation phases, consisting of:
For each phase, participants discover the key concerns in various areas such as leadership, communications, instructing, problem solving and decision making, decision taking, working within the project organization, coordination, delegation, conflict resolution, staff empowerment and managing volunteers. In the end, they share their existing and potential implementation concerns and head home with fresh ideas and ways to make their project implementation more efficient and effective.
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