Well, David doesn't like to admit it.
The project management theory all sounded so logical and so good. But what he now seems to be lacking is something like an "internship" (German: "Praktikum") in project management - some practice managing a small project, but at the same time some guidence from a more experienced person - like a coach, mentor, or "Meister" (an experienced professional). But now there's no time for an "internship". David has an important project to manage NOW.
David's said that he had heard that DBT Project Management also has experience coaching project managers and project teams. So David decides to ask his boss and the CEO if they can make a contract with DBT Project Management to coach him on his project.
You probably have heard of coaching, right? It is used heavily in the field of sports, where it is said that one is never done learning, training, or being coached. Why is this? I think it is because a lot of people active in sports, for example Roger Federer, simply want to get better at what they do, or to be great at what they do. It's not about how good you are now, it's about how good can you be that really matters. It's a good game to play - to see how good you can be. And a good coach can help you to play this game and win.
Coaching is not often used in other fields besides sports. It is not used so much in the field of business, engineering, or management. Why not, one might ask? That's a good question, because coaching does work. The typical businessperson, engineer, manager, or other professional often goes to school and studies a lot of theory and data. They gain theoretical knowledge but usually have little experience applying what they have studied. Then they graduate and go out in the world to make their way on their own. They usually lack application in the subject and they themselves can't observe how they are really doing. Others can see it, but they can't. So a coach observes what you do and provides the external eyes, ears, critique and feedback so that you achieve a whole other higher level of awareness and can get better at doing what you like to do.
If you, or others want to get better at managing your important projects, then get coached. If you are coached, maybe a coach at first will just observe how you work. The coach might make you aware of small things that were not optimum. But it is often the small things one does, or does not do, that matter. A good coach will observe and provide a more accurate picture of what you are really doing. They can help you, or also others you work with and who are also involved in the project, to get better at working and managing your important project.
Some people don't like to be coached, or may at first feel uncomfortable being observed, critiqued, or coached when they work (or when they play sports). For some reason, the feedback from the coach may be taken as being a criticism of them as a person. Coaching should not be taken like this. Coaching has as its purpose the improvement of a person's, or a team's performance. Good coaching helps people do better at what they do and it helps them to win. And in projects, it can also help the project team to win and the organization to win.
DBT Project Management offers project management coaching in German and English for organizations, groups and individuals.
It is known in projects that the area of communication is one of the fundamentals which is important and needs to be done very well. So project communication is one area that is often addressed in project management coaching, not only the other traditional areas of project charters, requirements management, work packages and work activities planning, organization, scheduling, cost management, procurement management, Human Resource management, risk management, stakeholder management, etc.
With our project management coaching, clients will see an improvement in the quality of the project work, the project teamwork, the results of the project, and the success of the project. Project management coaching by a good coach brings value to the person (to the executive, the manager, project manager, project team, etc.) being coached and to the project involved.
For coaching to work, the person(s) being coached must have their own personal goal and intention of improving themselves and of getting better at doing something. The person(s) being coached must not be forced into being coached. The person(s) being coached must also want to be coached. They must have a free choice of being, or not being, coached.
The goals of our project management coaching are to support individuals, groups and organizations in such a way so as to help them to increase their project management skills and abilities, which will then help them to achieve their project goals. Clients can have the following benefits by using our project management (PM) coaching:
PMP® exam preparation courses, project management basic courses, coaching, mentoring, consulting and other support in English & German to help clients achieve their project goals.
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Dr. Bruce Turner, PMP®
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