I don’t mind admitting that this is often one of the trickiest elements of any Emerging Talent programme.
Including a genuine business project in your programme is an opportunity to deliver real business results within the timescale of the programme. It’s a great way for participants’ to apply their learning at a time when they may not have day to day responsibility for managing people or resources.
But, this comes with a warning! When you ask an organisation to suggest potential projects to support your Emerging Talent programme, you may be inundated with lots of ‘projects’ that people want to get off their desk. In fact these are often not projects, they are things that people are trying to shift your way. No, No, No! The following definition, and 5 warning signs will help you avoid this trap, so that you only take on genuine business projects.
What is the definition of a project?
The Project Management Institute define a project as “…temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal.”
If it doesn’t meet this definition, the chances are it’s not project. These 5 signs should get your Spidey-senses tingling to warn you that you could be about to choose the wrong business project for your Emerging Talent programme:
- there is no clear sponsor for the project;
- there isn’t a well-defined scope i.e. what you are going to do, and more importantly not do;
- it doesn’t have a start and end date that are contained within the life of your development programme;
- there are insufficient resources or support for the project to be successful; or
- it isn’t a project according to the definitions above.
Expect groups to have challenges with their project, this is all part of the learning experience, but they should have sufficient sources of clearly identified support that no problem is insurmountable.
For a project checklist and how you can use our ‘Poised for Success’ model to head-off some of the early challenges of a project, see the FREE resources on our website.
‘Growing your own’ is an excellent way to motivate staff and develop your talent pipeline. If you’re thinking about running a programme for your emerging talent or aspiring managers:
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