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Project Environment NanoSet


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The Standish Group is offering a set of four “nanoclasses”—90-minute, single-subject workshops that include a lecture, follow-up exercises, and activities— focusing on improving the software project environment and culture to increase success and value. Your takeaway from these nanoclass :

  • ·       Improve your project environment and culture skills
  • ·       Increase the skills of your project sponsors
  • ·       Improve the emotional maturity skills of individual teammates
  • ·       Reduce decision latency
  • ·       Optimize skills around software features and functions

Nanoclasses are especially beneficial because the majority of these classes is spent in hands-on learning with a team. Each half-hour lecture includes a Q&A session, followed by a 30-minute team exercise and culminating in a team presentation of results. Each class features an open networking session with access to professors. Our nanoclasses are designed for both academic credit and life-long learning. We offer four of them: 

  • ·       Winning Hand
  • ·       Good Sponsor 
  • ·       Good Mate
  • ·       Optimization

Winning Hand Nanoclass:The lecture part of this class will include the latest CHAOS results, a Factors of Success review, an overview of the Winning Hand, and an explanation of the steps involved in Standish’s data collection process.  The class also includes an overview of the Project Resolution Benchmark components and the process. As a class exercise, teams will work on a mock Project Resolution Benchmark.  You will learn about the following:

  • ·       Latest overall CHAOS results
  • ·       Six Winning Hand cards and how to use them
  • ·       How to perform and analyze an environmental skills benchmark
  • ·       How to perform and analyze a project performance benchmark

Good Sponsor Nanoclass:The lecture will include an overview of skills needed to be a good sponsor as well as the results of research on those skills.  Teams will work on a mock Sponsor Skills assessment as a class exercise. You will learn about the following:

  • ·       Latest sponsor CHAOS Results
  • ·       10 principles and 50 skills of a good project sponsor
  • ·       How to perform and analyze a sponsor skills benchmark
  • ·       How to help and improve the project sponsor 

Good Mate Nanoclass:The lecture part of this class will include an overview of skills needed to be a “good mate,” and the results of research on project “mate skills.”  Teams will work on a mock Good Mate Skills Assessment.  You will learn about the following:

  • ·       Latest teammate CHAOS Results
  • ·       10 principles and 50 skills of a good teammate
  • ·       How to perform and analyze a teammate skills benchmark
  • ·       How to help and improve emotional maturity skills

Optimization Nanoclass:The class lecture begins with an overview of four optimization elements: culture, decisions, negotiation, and functions.  Teams will work on exercises to optimize each one of these elements.  You will learn about the following:

  • ·       Latest optimization CHAOS Results
  • ·       How to measure and reduce decision latency
  • ·       How to optimize features and functions
  • ·       How to perform an optimization workshop

On-line Appraisals and Resources include:

  • ·       Good Sponsor Skills Appraisal (Individual)
  • ·       Good Mate Emotional Maturity Appraisal (Individual)
  • ·       Project Environment Appraisal (Team)
  • ·       Project Resolution Appraisal (Team)
  • ·       Decision Latency Benchmark (Team)
  • ·       Feature Optimization Resource (Team)

Educational material takeaways include:

  • ·       CHAOS Report
  • ·       Good Sponsor book
  • ·       Good Mate workbook
  • ·       Special exercises

Life-long learners will receive a certificate for this set of nanoclasses. Students may receive academic credits based on their participation and follow-up activates.  The Standish Group is available to execute this one-day class for:

  • ·       Internal Organization Educational Programs
  • ·       Sponsor Partnership of mix of open/internal Enrollment
  • ·       Graduate Executive Sessions for Universities
  • ·       Special Conference Events

The set of nanoclasses is coached and Instructed by the following two educators:

Jim Johnson, a professor at Antwerp Management School and the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. Johnson has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 50 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. 

Hans Mulder, a professor at Antwerp Management School and Standish’s European research director. Mulder is also the founder of his own venture investment company. He also serves on the management and executive boards of various IT companies.  

Other coaches may be required depending on schedules, availability, and location. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Lynch @ jennifer@standishgroup.com.