How a large financial institution married classroom training and weekly mentoring for rapid development of their junior project managers

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Abstract
When a company needs to quickly grow a much larger cadre of project managers who are trained in both PM fundamentals and in critical institutional knowledge of "how to get things done here" - what's an effective way to do so?


What this is

A case outlining how a large financial services institution developed a combination training and mentoring program for 50+ junior project managers.


Why it's useful

This case was provided by one of the mentors within the program. It describes the components of the training, the homework given to participants, and how weekly mentoring was key to these junior PMs quickly gaining the ability to put PM fundamentals to use in this company's context. It thus provides a nice overview picture of one company's significant commitment to a big development program beyond training classes.


How to use it

  • If you're considering how to initiate new development programs for your project managers, or enhance a current program, read this case for the rationale that led executives to launch this program and for a good overview of all its components.
  • If you are wondering about how to add application work to current training programs, the case provides some detail on the kinds of homework assignments that were made.
  • If you're curious about how other companies implement mentoring/coaching programs, see that detail in the "how it worked" section.



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