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First course in Poland based on The Project Management Institute Talent Triangle

Recruitment for the Transition Manager Academy is now under way. The Transition Manager Academy is the first comprehensive project management course available in Poland that is based on The Project Management Institute Talent Triangle®. The PMI Talent Triangle® represents the skill set that organisations have defined as crucial for project managers. The programme has been designed by AgilePMO experts and organised by Kozminski University under patronage of the Pro Progressio Foundation, the Association of Business Service Leaders, and the Project Management Institute Poland Chapter.

The main aim of the programme is to prepare both current and prospective project and programme managers for the management and coordination of transition and transformation initiatives. The delegates will gain core skills and competencies in managing global projects, with a focus on organisational and service transition. Importantly, it will provide participants with an understanding of the theory and practice of leadership, and the contribution that leadership behaviours make to the delivery of sustained value through transition projects and programmes. The result is the transformation of project managers to change leaders.

Today’s dynamically changing environment – the development of technology, increasing customer requirements, and competition – requires organisations to embrace greater flexibility and efficiency. Where the changes required are significant, companies may initiate complex change programmes. These programmes can be transitional – for example, how do we do what we do better and more efficiently? or how do we move into new geographies or market sectors? – or they can be transformational – do any of those things but, in doing so, become something different. Transitional programmes are complex but predictable; transformational programmes, by their very nature, are unpredictable but can release enormous untapped potential. Companies normally require a detailed vision of the future, which the transitional programmes will deliver – and this is surely sound programme management! With truly transformational changes the ultimate outcome cannot always be seen fully – the caterpillar does not know what it is to become before it changes, it just knows that it is becoming something new. Both forms of programme require a broad range of management and leadership skills, in particular to address the need for trust in the outcome and flexible responses to deliver the desired transformational outcomes. These skills can be learned and developed.

This new situation forces a new way of thinking and new roles, including that of the project manager. In today's complex business environment, to succeed just having the technical skills is not enough. To truly succeed we need technical project management skills, leadership capabilities, and strategic and business management proficiency. In contrast to the current project management programmes on the market that focus mainly on methods, tools and techniques (one side of the triangle), the Academy also includes areas such as: organisational transition management, leadership, managing virtual and multicultural teams, facilitation, coaching and mentoring, creative problem solving, or visual thinking (the other two sides of the triangle: leadership and strategic and business competencies).

Upon completion of the programme, the participants should be able to plan and execute complex transition and transformation initiatives. Moreover, they will be able to draw upon a wide variety of leadership strategies suitable for any circumstances – to demonstrate situational leadership capabilities that reflect the challenges of transition and transformation projects and programmes. The delegates will also be able to understand what it means to be an authentic leader, implement those skills in any situation, and identify and develop leadership competence and behaviours in oneself and others. The recruitment deadline is 30 September 2017. Further information can be found here.