This workshop is intended for teachers and academics who are either actively involved with project work as team leaders or team members, who have experience with working in projects teams and want to expand their knowledge base towards an international or multicultural context, or who are teaching project management/leadership and would like to explore perspectives and experiences from the private international high-tech industry.
Guided by the question about the role and actions of the good project leader (as opposed to the project manager), it is the ambition of the seminar that the participants will become observant and self-reflective of the value and necessity of leadership as a critical component in making projects and teams successful. The seminar will demonstrate what it means (or should mean), in terms of accountability, ethics and responsibility for success, not only to possess the position of a Project Leader, but also actually lead the project from that position?
The intention is that these experiences can then be transferred to the own project management teaching or to the project-oriented teaching as well as to the own project work.
Why do projects and teams fail? How is it possible, as a prominent example, that we in Germany are apparently unable to build an Airport in a timely and cost-effective fashion when there are hundreds if not thousands of airports of equal complexity and size already in existence all around the world? What are the lessons that should be learned, and how do we apply this know-how to the team efforts and projects that most of us are involved with on a daily basis?
The Objective of this workshop is to look at the dynamics of teams, of project team design and decision making, to study the points where project leadership can make the difference in getting individuals and teams to work together well and thus getting projects executed and completed successfully.
Using the PMBOK (Project Management Book of Knowledge) project management framework as a guide through the various phases in the project life cycle, the class uses a set of cases and scenarios, group work, presentations and readings/discussions with the goal is that the participants will gain a vocabulary for understanding the role that leadership plays in modern project management and gain a set of tools to use in own practical project work.