Project Management
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A comprehensive collection of activities for remote project management training


This collection of activities is dedicated to intermediate and advanced levels in project management. You can now develop the set of skills essential to project management while creating an experiential, collaborative learning experience to the delegates.

Included Activities

The change - Colltrain Library - Activity Description

1. The Change

Participants discover which factors positively influence how they respond to a changing work environment, and which factors negatively impact them, as in determining whether to avoid or postpone any action related to this topic. This way, they become aware of the levers they could use to overcome the resistance and start acting more proactively in times of change.

Group size: 1-5 teams of up to 4-7 participants/team

Duration: ~30 min for 3 teams; additional 3 min/team if more than 3 teams

2. My role as Project Manager

Knowing what is expected of a Project Manager will take participants one step closer to defining the best approach when it comes to communicating and sparking engagement in clients, sponsors, and team members. This activity is meant to provide the participants with the proper setup to discover what needs and expectations of these three types of interlocutors they should meet as part of their role.

Group size: 1-5 teams of up to 4-5 participants

Duration: 30 min for 3 teams; additional 3 min/team if more than 3 teams

3. WBS practice

This activity allows participants to practice using the Work Breakdown Structure project management tool. They break down a project into smaller components so that no task is overlooked. This decomposition activity shows the hierarchy of tasks and allows the participants to determine the proper approach in terms of efficiency and resources involved.

Group size: 1-5 teams of up to 4-7 participants/team

Duration: 30 min for 3 teams; additional 3 min/team if more than 3 teams

4. Power interest grid

Participants list and categorize all the stakeholders involved in a project by considering their power over the work and their interest in it. The different combinations of different levels of power and interest that arise become a practical structure for better stakeholder management. The visual representation of the power interest grid is useful in choosing the right approach when interacting with them.

Group size: 1-5 teams of up to 3-4 participants/team

Duration: 30 min; additional 3min/team if for than 3 teams

5. Elements of value (A)

Participants discuss and share with their teammate’s Participants discuss and share with their teammates the most valuable aspects they discovered during the training session/day, in terms of validation, clarification, and novelty. The differences or similarities in perspective can also be of value to the group. Let the exploration and acknowledgment begin!

Group size: 3 participants/team

Duration: 15 min; additional 3 min/team if more than 3 teams

6. Stakeholder engagement

Participants work in their daily professional activity as Project Managers with different types of stakeholders and this activity helps them become more aware of the engagement level of each one of them. This is the first step in knowing who to count on and start defining ways to move them from one category to another to build a critical mass of supporters that ensures a smooth roll-out of the project.

Group size: 1-5 teams of up to 3-4 participants/team

Duration: 30 min; additional 3min/team if for than 3 teams

7. ROAM activity

An experiential activity using the alphabet, but with a little twist – participants are asked to form only 4-letter words, as many as possible in 2-minute rounds. For this to happen, they will have to come up with a strategy and proper approaches, thus revealing key aspects of team collaboration and change management.

Group size: 1-5 teams of up to 4-7 participants/team

Duration: 35 min

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8. Elements of Value x3

Participants discuss and share with their teammates the insights they gained during the training session from 3 perspectives: something new, something they like, and something to apply to their work. Being in agreement or having different opinions brings both validation and complexity to the table.

Group size: 3 participants/team

Duration: 15 min; additional 3 min/team if more than 3 teams

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Note: All activities follow CARTA Guide, available here.

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