Fundamentals of projekt management - How to master your research project
A good understanding of project management is essential in an academic setting, where researchers are dealing with a wide range of diverse tasks. Planning and managing days, weeks, and months goes a long way in keeping academics organized and increasing their productivity. “Fundamentals of Project Management” is a course that provides a comprehensive introduction to the management of projects executed by a single person. It includes a 2-day workshop and one follow-up call. The workshop will provide an overview of the principles of project management and show how to apply these principles to a dissertation project or to other tasks in the academia.
At the end of this workshop participants will be better able to
- distinguish key concepts of project management in an research environment,
- create an overview of all the projects they are engaged in and assess whether they should take on any additional project,
- identify and characterize their thesis as a project,
- formulate a project goal using the SMART goal formula,
- identify the people who are key to the success of their project, for example, their supervisor or any supportstaff, and actively shape their relationships with them,
- apply key concepts of project management in a research environment including the five steps of projectmanagement: initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close,
- plan their project top-down and bottom-up, including outcomes, activities, time estimates, and resources required for individual tasks, and realistic deadlines,
- intentionally implement their project plan with the help of to-do list, prioritization and focusing rules,
- know the fundamentals to tackle procrastination and how to say positively “no” to other.
The methods used in the workshop are highly interactive and participant driven. They combine personal work, experiential learning exercises, dialogue, facilitated work in groups of varying size, co-creation, and reflection. We create a uniquely open and trustful atmosphere in our workshops, where participants are encouraged to openly share their experiences, to learn from each other, and to support each other in a benevolent manner.
Learning proceeds on three levels: (1) We provide a theoretical overview. (2) Participants go through powerful experiences in individual and group exercises, which are discussed and debriefed together in a safe environment. (3) Finally, by reflecting together, participants draw lessons from the interaction process in the class, increasing selfawareness and learning about good practices.
Participants will be requested to do app. 2 hours of preparatory work, as well as one hour of homework between day 1 and day 2 of the workshop.
Participants are encouraged to bring and share their own knowledge and experience. At the begininig of the workshop, we create a trustful and supportive atmosphere, in which participants will feel safe and comfortable to contribute what they already know about the subject. At the end of the workshop, participants will design individual work plans to implement what they have learned and to keep developing their skills in the time after the event.
The workshop trainer will offer a follow-up with participants by email and a conference call, to deepen the learning and and to support them in taking real-life action. This will also encourage participants to build a community, where they can keep improving their skills and supporting each other.
Coach: Dr Thomas Teichler, LEAD TO TRUST
Dr Thomas Teichler is a certified Co-active coach, trainer and consultant working on leadership, team development, communication & change management. After a few years with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants he worked in market research, before writing a PhD about science cooperation in the high-tech and security sector at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. As a policy consultant Thomas worked for the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in the UK and for Technopolis Group in Germany. He advised the European Commission, national governments and international organizations on research and innovation policy. Thomas holds degrees in business administration and philosophy and attended the CTI coaching and leadership courses. He is currently working with teams and individuals in the corporate environment, public sector and research organisations.
Since the number of participants for this workshop is limited, we ask you to submit a short letter of motivation (1 DinA4 page) and a short CV including your doctoral or Postdoc project (up to 1 DinA4 page). You can upload these documents after your registration via GRIPS. A full description on how and where to upload your application is available on the course page once you’ve registered.
Application via GRIPS from 26.04.2021 until 04.06.2021 (deadline)
Mon 21. & Tue 22.06.2021, 9:00-17:00, online
Follow-up call 21.07.2021, 15:00-17:00, online
Application via Grips, Deadline: 04.06.2021
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