Many companies often overlook the fact that innovation not only needs to be implemented in the culture but by the culture. Successful virtual project management and leadership occur when task, people and change are in balance. All three domains are important and necessary for implementing innovation. In this course, you will be immersed in creative processes and engage with complexity viewed from multiple perspectives. You will be encouraged to step boldly into the role of innovative project manager and global change agent. Topics on “Task Management” will help give you the tools you need to master critical project administration skills. Topics on “Leading People” will assist you in creating high performance innovation teams. Topics on “Facilitating Change” will prepare you to use collaboration techniques in mastering effective virtual leadership.
Overall, this course prepares you to innovate and balance task, people and change in a global work environment, lead collaborative work teams with intelligence, and operate as a grounded visionary change agent.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Compare two different project management perspectives (rational vs. organic) as well as compare different project process models to identify how to apply this to a specific project context.
- Describe how different collaboration technologies can facilitate communication, planning and execution within your virtual project team and stakeholders.
- Apply different tools to transform vision into actions such as transformation mapping, project planning, scheduling, resource allocation, estimation and risk management.
- Describe challenges (constraints and opportunities) a project leader faces in a global setting, and specifically in relation to culture, stakeholder management, requirement management, and time zones.
- Describe team dynamics to deliver outstanding performance, assess how to be proactive in managing change with effective feedback, reduce resistance in projects and apply tools to resolve conflicts.
Your Instructor – Jesper Sonne
Jesper Sonne has a MSc in Business Administration and Computer Science, with an MBA semester in organisational and strategic management at Schulish Business School, Toronto. He is an experienced facilitator of highly interactive workshops both physical and virtual. He designs and facilitates strategic change by combining a unique collaborative workspace with a structured facilitated process known as MG Taylor. He has worked as a consultant for large global organisations in the intersection between IT and business for nearly 20 years and was an external Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School for 10 years (2006-2017).