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CHAOS University Courses

The Standish offers three types of online educational courses. Our courses are designed specifically for busy people. They are individual focused with mentor guidance for high retention rates.  They are designed to be asynchronous and students can begin at any time and complete the course at their own pace. We have three types of courses: Influencer, Crash, and Mentor.

Influencer Courses

Influencer courses are specifically design for project managers, business analysts, Scrum masters/owners and other software executives to influence project sponsors, team mates, and people within the project ecosystem.  The course is accomplished in 4-steps. 

  • Step 1: Watch the Influencer video;
  • Step 2: Read the guide and book
  • Step 3: Complete on-line the organizational appraisal; 
  • Step 4: Discuss the results of the appraisal report with your mentor. 

The idea of the course is to will help you measure your organizational skills and abilities against the Standish yardstick. Once completed, the appraisal system will generate a score and provide a 5-page benchmark report for you against other organizations. The course will help you understand the principles and skills to advise people on their role. Each step will take about an hour, 10-hour observation period and a ten-minute conversation with your mentor, except for step 4 which the mentor discuss will be 30-minutes. The benefits of the Influencer Course are: 

  • Understanding the principles and skills 
  • How to influence the people on projects
  • Three suggestions for maximize improvement
  • How to sell the course internally

The Influencer course will take a minimum of 1 hour per day over 4 days (estimated 5 hours). 

Crash Courses

Crash Courses are designed to improve the skills of people in projects. The courses are a rapid structured program managed by a professional mentor/professor. This mentored workout is optimized to present the most important material in the shortest amount of time. The workout is accomplished in 12-lessons at your pace.  Each of the 12 lessons is accomplished in 3-steps

  • Step 1: One-hour lesson;
  • Step 2: 10-hour observation period, feedback;
  • Step 3: 15-minute conversation with your mentor. 

Each of the 12-one hour lessons, starts with a microblog, 10-minute video, book chapter, 

The idea of the course is to will help you measure your skills and abilities against the Standish yardstick. Once completed, the appraisal system will generate a score and provide a 5-page benchmark report for you against other people or organizations. The first and last lesson includes the appraisal and benchmark. The course will help you understand the principles and skills of being a good sponsor, team mate or the ecosystem and how you stack up. The benefits of the Crash Courseare: 

Increase project success and reduced failures

  • 3 suggestions for maximize your improvement
  • Constant skills improvement
  •  Understanding the principles and skills

The course will take a minimum of 1 hour and half per day over 12 days (estimated 20 hours).

Mentor Courses

Mentor Courses are designed for the mentor to mentor sponsors, team mates and other professionals. The Mentor Courses can also improve the skills of the project sponsor, team mates and other professionals.  Mentor Courses can also be used for higher educational credits. These courses are perfect for PMO executives. The courses are a slow-paced structured program managed by a professional mentor/professor. These courses are optimized for retention. The course is accomplished in 12-lessons 7-part nanolessons at your pace.  Each of the first 6 nanolessons is accomplished in 4-steps

  • Step 1: 20-minute lesson;
  • Step 2: 10-hour observation period;
  • Step 3: 25-word feedback
  • Step 4: Mentor approval and feedback

On the 7thnanolesson you will have a 10 to 15-minute conversation with your mentor and write a microblog of 100 to 200 words on what you have learned. The microblog must be approved by your mentor. This course is basic requirement to be a Standish mentor, but as a potential mentor you must have experience in the field on software projects.  The course for graduate students is for educational credit and expanded knowledge.  The first and last lessons includes the appraisal and benchmark. The course for the sponsor provides in-depth understandings of the principles and skills of a good sponsor and how you stack up. The benefits of a Mentor Coursefor a sponsor are:

  • Acquisition of good habi
  • High retention of project skills
  • Life-Long Learning Credit
  • Confidence in your ability to manage projects

The courses will take a minimum of half hour per day over 84 days (estimated 50 hours).

Go to our store to see currently available courses.