The Project Management class was designed to introduce students to basics project management concepts and provide templates and tools which can be used to more effectively manage their work.
Following Project Management Institute (PMI) standards, students were instructed in how to scope projects, build project plans, and monitor to ensure results are delivered on-time. The class also stressed the importance of anticipating, managing and remediating risks. Finally, the class was intended to establish a common language across the different sub-teams for executing the work at hand.
We have applied these concepts to managing the teams’ efforts around Infinite Recharge at Home and the Game Design Challenge. We’ve also used this to organize and drive the Outreach and Award Submission.
Each week, Team Leads present to the mentors and describe the overall status of their workstream (Green/Yellow/Red), progress made, planned activities and a discussion of any risks with mitigations. In these sessions, dependencies are identified and coordinated amongst the different teams. We will continue to build on this to further standardize on weekly reporting and broaden our capabilities.
Conducted in January, the Project Management training was delivered in 2 x 1 hour sessions to 7 students. It was required for the team leads, and open to all who wanted to attend.
For other teams using our training program, 6328’s student leads and mentors are available to answer questions at firstname.lastname@example.org