Intelligent Project Mentoring

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Synopsis:
  • Designed to help Project Managers increase their effectiveness and job satisfaction
  • The client PM has regular sessions with a seasoned and highly-skilled PM Consultant (your Mentor)
  • Your Mentor will act as a pro-active sounding board on professional matters, with little or no topic off limits.
  • Guided self-reflection together with progressive, self-directed knowledge and skill building are the core mechanisms that your Mentor will use
  • Discussions are via interactive via web channels.  Face to face can be arranged if desired (obvious constraints apply).
  • Can be augmented by additional online information resources
 
Benefits:
     By engaging with this service, the client PM (Mentee) will:
  • Understand your current project manager context and future directions more completely and objectively
  • Have a stronger sense of direction for prosecuting the PM role
  • Build a stronger “moral compass” to guide the PM through difficult situations
  • Enjoy greater personal confidence based on better knowledge and validation of strategies
  • Display increased confidence in your thoughts and actions as a PM
 
Scope:
  • Provided to a named individual for the period of the subscription. This service is not related to any specific project, job role, company or location. 
  • Delivered by periodic Mentoring Sessions that follow an evolving Mentoring plan that is built through the interaction process.
  • Mentoring Sessions are augmented by interactive chat on an ad-hoc basis to deal with mentoring issues that need to be addressed between sessions.
  • Additional options such as a personal Wiki page and/or content library access can be arranged, if desired.
  • progressively shapes the interaction down the path of most value to the Mentee. 
  • We’ll help you assess your situation, resolve any dilemmas, find and recommend learning resources (if needed), and grow towards the direction(s) of interest
  • Additional options such as a personal Wiki page and/or content library access can be arranged, if desired.
  • Ultimately the two approaches converge, but the JIT type approach reduces stress and dissonance and gets better results in the available time: results that are more likely to persist.
 
Problem Drivers:
     Client PM’s should consider this service if:
  • You are trying to figure out your footing and direction as a PM: where am I and where am I going? 
  • You are asking yourself: do I like this size/shape of project and should do more, or should I reach up for bigger and more exciting projects?
  • Should I stay or go: the eternal question of people who are working on challenging roles: should I persevere with this or make a strategic withdrawal or find some other option
  • Helping work out what’s important and what’s not
  • Having someone you can trust to help you figure out “what’s next”.
  • Role hunting strategies and assistance.
 
Defined Activities
  • participate in Mentoring Sessions of weekly frequency or less (i.e. longer periods between sessions)
  • participate in ad-hoc discussions via the Chat channel to deal with issues that cannot wait
 
 
How it works:
  • Setup Stage
    • Set up periodic discussion schedule and communications method
    • Set up the meeting on an agreed collaboration channel, Google Hangouts preferred but others are acceptable like Skype
    • Set up interactive chat channel (Slack is preferred, but others are acceptbale)
    • Set up personal wiki page (if required)
    • Set up content library access (if required)
 
  • Operational Stage
    • Schedule the meetings.  sessions can be fixed schedule or set “meeting to meeting” depending on your schedule patterns
    • Participate in the sessions: the Mentor and Mentee meet on the collaboration channel
    • Participate in ad-hoc discussions: these are typically Mentee initiated, if situations arise that need to be addressed between Mentoring Sessions.
 
  • Mentoring Sessions
    • The mentoring plan is starts as an event-driven and guided experience that picks up information from the get-go
    • we don’t ask the Mentee to fill in detailed forms or questionnaires or provide opinions that they are probably not ready to give
    • Unlike ordinary mentoring or coaching products, which ask the Mentee to fill in ,
    • Mentoring Sessions are set up at around 2-4 times per month, according to need and schedule availability.
    • The Mentoring Sessions discuss topics of interest to the Mentee (the project manager working with the Mentor).  
    • In the absence of specific issues or topics identified by the Mentee, the Mentor will raise topics that s/he believes shapes the discussion in a way that adds value to the Mentee and their current or future professional context.
 
Product Definition:
 
This section defines the variable parameters referenced in the Terms of Use and Service
 
  1. Service Type
    • Defined Activities
  2. Concurrency Limit
    • n/a
  3. Service Period
    • n/a
  4. Important Links

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