Black Diamond Charities is a Chicago based nonprofit that serves US veterans from every branch. We do this in partnerhip with the PMI Chicagoland Chapter. For the past five years, I've served as a volunteer instructor, project coach and board member.
I've helped around 200 veterans translate their military experience into project management methodologies. Veterans make fantastic project managers, and we help them understand how that's done in the corporate world.
We base the curriculum on PMI's standards and are a Registered Education Provider (REP).
Some of the topics I've taught include:
I've spoken to various cohorts about what it's like for project managers and developers to work together on a project. More often, I have also taught cohorts how to collaborate with other stakeholders (such as a product manager) on a project team, manage scope iteratively, and appreciate the art of failing fast! I've done this using the Agile Lego Workshop techniques, which simulates fundamental concepts: