Yesterday I chatted with Dr. Joyce Statz who has been teaching a course at St. Edwards University in its school of management and business. Her course, “Multiple project and portfolio management” is offered as part of the Masters of Science in Project Management degree, and teaches how to manage multiple portfolios of project work in an organization.
I recently learned that Joyce introduced Lombardi Blueprint as a tool within her class and had a lot of success. I called her up to learn more.
Take a listen:
>> My talk with Joyce (6:11): Listen (mp3) Listen (ogg)
Some of the Topics we tackle:
- Who are the students that make up her class and what are their backgrounds?
- Mixing concepts with hands-on exercises
- Replacing Visio/Word/Excel in the classroom
- How the strongest Visio advocates at the beginning of the term became the biggest Blueprint champions at the end of the course.
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Pau for now…
I wonder how much value a “Masters of Science in Project Management” will add value to the Project Manager. The thing is, IMO, you can only gain real Project Management skills when you’re out there, as it is all about real communications with real stakeholders.
I’ve never heard of any company requiring that PM applications should have a master’s degree in Project Management. Then again, maybe that’ll change.