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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 tasks, people, and changes are in balance. All three domains are important and necessary for implementing innovation. In this course, you will be immersed in creative processes and will 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 this course you should be able to:
- compare and contrast rational and organic approaches to project management;
- identify and reflect on a process model that meets the specific requirements of the project context;
- describe how different collaboration technologies can facilitate communication, planning, and execution within your virtual project team (including your stakeholders);
- apply different tools to transform strategy into action. Consider tools such as transformation mapping, project planning, scheduling, resource allocation, estimation and risk management;
- describe constraints and opportunities a project leader faces in a global setting, and specifically in relation to culture, stakeholder management, requirement management, and time zones; and,
- articulate team dynamics to enable high performing team and assess how to proactively use feedback to manage change, reduce resistance, and resolve conflicts.
Jesper Sonne has an MSc in Business Administration and Computer Science, with an MBA semester in organizational 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 organizations in the intersection between IT and business for nearly 20 years and was an external Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School for ten years (2006-2017).
Course Contact Information:
Course content is delivered by faculty. With the exception of “lite” versions, courses are led by a Course Facilitator (CF) who is available to answer questions, offer additional assistance, and assess the final creative assignments for academic credit. For questions regarding facilitation, you may contact our Director of Course Facilitation at facilitator @ ubiquityuniversity.org. (Sorry! Direct email link not provided due to spam bots.)