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After reading ‘Taking Project Management Learning to a Higher Level” (attached) and after conducting an analysis, look at how HP trains its employees on project management and how this enables them to be innovative and manage multiple priorities. Consider how you would, as a manager, implement these strategies into the organization you chose in Module 1 and how you will use this information to effectively implement the change in your simulation. What are the challenges? Clearly state the value of HP’s training program.-min 300 word-justify explantions with in text citations APA format
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CASE STUDY
Taking Project Management Learning to a Higher Level
A look at what makes the HP project management education program so successful—and
how the company is using it to build the skills of employees around the world.
T
echnology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP)
has little room for error: It operates
a portfolio of projects across more than
170 countries and has billions of dollars
of revenue flowing through an array of
initiatives. It stands 9th on the U.S. Fortune
500 list and is ranked 44th among the
Fortune Global 500 companies. With
managing large-scale projects as part of its
core business, the company relies heavily
on project management to produce desired
results.
support all levels of project managers
and includes the “best of the best” by
combining both HP-owned and strategic
vendor-owned solutions in self-paced and
instructor-led formats.
“Along with our strong interaction
with customers and business partners,
using integrated program and project
management processes and systems is
essential to the way HP excels,” says
James E. Crotty, PMP, Hewlett Packard,
Enterprise Business, Account Program
Management Office Services for HP. “It’s
what keeps us at the forefront of the IT
services industry.”
BUILDING A FRAMEWORK
FOR LEARNING
To distinguish itself as a best practice
leader in the project management field,
HP has developed a comprehensive
employee training and education program,
managed by the company’s Learning and
Development (L&D) organization. Mary
Roche, in her role as portfolio owner
for the HP project management L&D
program, aligns the portfolio with the
project management business needs of HP
employees in all business units worldwide
by collaborating with L&D business
partners. The portfolio is designed to
“The combined areas of portfolio, program
and project management are one of our
L&D Centers of Excellence,” Mr. Crotty
says. “The goal is to keep expertise and
knowledge up to date and ensure that the
curriculum is vital and relevant.”
Within the HP Enterprise Business
division of the company, there are five
core objectives when it comes to project
management development:
■ Develop employees’ business and
project management skills to support
the successful pursuit and delivery of
client engagements
■■ Provide for the professional
development and career growth of the
project management community
■■ Align with the generally accepted
good practices identified in A Guide
to the Project Management Body of
Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the most
widely recognized global standard for
the practice of project management
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Taking Project Management Learning to a Higher Level
■■ Prepare project managers for the
Project Management Professional
(PMP)® credential examination
■■ Provide a consistent worldwide
program
“The goal is to keep
learning dynamic and
stay current with issues
and trends in the field.
We continually examine
our training programs
to make sure that we are
addressing issues in a
comprehensive way.”
—James E. Crotty, PMP
The HP Project Management Profession
is managed by global and regional
councils that collaborate with L&D
to establish the program and project
management curriculum. The Project
Management Profession has a strong
concentration of leadership and
membership from HP’s Enterprise
Business unit, where employees follow
a formalized project and program
management career path.
Within this project and program
management career path, the
Project Management Profession has
established six levels of proficiency:
entry, intermediate, specialist, expert,
master and strategist. Each level has
defined skill, knowledge and experience
requirements. To ascend to the fourth
“expert” level, for example, an individual
must have a PMP® credential.
HP’s L&D organization helps employees’
ascension by offering the training
resources they need to align to and
progress along the project management
career path. As a result, employees can
easily find the appropriate skill and
knowledge development resources for
their position within the company.
Throughout the program, there is a
mix of hard skills, soft skills and business
acumen development. The learning
portfolio is iteratively evaluated and
constantly updated based on the needs
and feedback of the business. A “Best
in Class” learning model guides the
way, gathering requirements from key
stakeholders, making make/buy
decisions with regard to new solution
development or acquisition, and
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delivering high-quality training solutions
to HP audiences worldwide.
“The goal is to keep learning dynamic
and stay current with issues and trends
in the field,” Mr. Crotty explains. “We
continually examine our training
programs to make sure that we are
addressing issues in a comprehensive
way.”
An additional benefit is that HP is a PMI
Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.),
an organization approved by PMI to issue
professional development units (PDUs)
for its training courses. Classes offered
by R.E.P.s are pre-approved for contact
hours in the fulfillment of certification
eligibility requirements, as well as PDUs
to fulfill the continuing certification
requirements for PMI credentials. The
eligibility of contact hours/PDUs from
other sources is the responsibility
of certification candidates and is
determined on a case-by-case basis.
The R.E.P. program has been designed
to enhance the ongoing professional
development of PMI members, those
credentialed through PMI and others in
the project management profession. (For
more information, visit PMI.org/REP.)
“We recognize that
it is essential for students
to have human contact
and support. Not all
subject matter is best
suited to web-based
training.”
—James E. Crotty, PMP
Taking Project Management Learning to a Higher Level
To achieve these objectives, HP has taken on a hybrid model that combines on-the-job learning,
training courses, and networking and interacting with others through formal mentoring. Mr.
Crotty says that “people gain about 70 percent of their development in project management
through their daily experience with it. About 20 percent of this comes through networking,
mentoring and other arrangements such as participating in professional associations, including
PMI. The remaining 10 percent is web-, webinar- and classroom-based.” “In the grand scheme
of things, the formal training experience is the smallest component but it is an extremely
important piece of the puzzle.”
—James E. Crotty, PMP
HP’S EDUCATIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES
The HP Learning Management System is
called “grow @hp,” and through its web
interface, HP employees have access
to an extensive collection of project
management learning and development
resources, as well as resources for
related disciplines such as leadership,
communications and people skills.
The HP project management resources
within the learning portfolio rely
heavily on a strong collaborative
partnership with SkillSoft Corporation.
HP has invested in the SkillSoft Project
Management Knowledge Center, a
one-stop portal containing project
management resources, including
PMBOK® Guide-aligned self-paced
courses and online books, such as the
PMBOK® Guide—Fourth Edition. Users
also have online chat access to project
management experts for questions on
coursework or overall PMP preparation
and maintenance. For example, students
can either web chat or exchange e-mails
with a subject-matter expert until they
understand the concept in question.
“We recognize that it is essential
for students to have human contact
and support,” Mr. Crotty says. “Not
all subject matter is best suited to
web-based training. This is where the
strength of the overall portfolio comes
into play, where learners have the
option to enroll in engaging interactive
workshops led by experienced
instructors with extensive project
management experience.”
Online courses make learning
convenient. A typical SkillSoft web-based
course is approximately two hours long
and is available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week to students around the
globe. This allows employees to access
systems and information on any given
topic as necessary—including when it’s
important to review for a particular
situation or circumstance, whether it’s
risk management or business analysis.
“They don’t have to wait for a week-long
course or find a time that works with
their busy schedule. They’re able to find
the course material that’s targeted to
their exact needs, when they need it,” Mr.
Crotty explains.
In addition, the KnowledgeCenter uses
cutting-edge technology that ratchets
up the learning experience, including
online simulations to help students gain
insights. In one course, for example,
senior project managers use a program
that unleashes various scenarios.
As participants make decisions, the
computer reveals the possible outcomes
of their actions.
“The simulation helps them understand
how their decisions affect the bottom
line and how ideas and actions may
have unintended consequences,”
Mr. Crotty points out. “The
KnowledgeCenter has produced amazing
results in terms of learning.”
Another outlet for education is
webinars, which provide a more dynamic
form of online interaction. These
sessions are often used for more specific
knowledge-based training, and typically
include a live presentation with audio
and chat capabilities. Instructors initiate
discussion and group interaction so that
different ideas and thinking emerge.
HP’s Enterprise Services organization
also offers a 16-week virtual exampreparation class for passing the PMP
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Taking Project Management Learning to a Higher Level
WHAT IS AN R.E.P.?
A PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) is an organization
approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for
its training courses.
Courses offered by R.E.P.s are preapproved for contact hours in
fulfillment of certification eligibility requirements, as well as PDUs to
fulfill the continuing certification requirements for PMI credentials.
The R.E.P. program has been designed to enhance the ongoing
professional development of PMI members, those credentialed
through PMI and others in the project management profession.
For more information visit: PMI.org/REP
credential examination and improving
project management skills.
The class is oriented to the needs of
the mobile, customer-facing project
management work-force and includes:
■■ Web-based coursework from the
SkillSoft KnowledgeCenter PMP
Roadmap
■■ PMBOK® Guide study
■■ Guidance on completing the PMI
PMP exam application and scheduling
the exam
■■ Group learning and mentoring
■■ Bi-weekly progress meetings
■■ PMP exam simulation that is part of
the KnowledgeCenter PMP roadmap
But not all of HP’s educational outlets
are coursework-based. The Project
Management Profession also publishes
a monthly newsletter that focuses
squarely on project management issues.
It provides resources and information
about the hard and soft skills required
for success in project management. It
also offers perspectives on the industry
and project management trends.
“In many cases, the newsletter provides
a different perspective than people
might get through the typical HP
coursework,” Mr. Crotty says. “It is more
than a way to distribute and recycle
HP thinking. It’s a way to get new
thoughts into the collective thinking of
the workforce.”
For example, the organization recently
ran a story on Microsoft Project
software training and what lesserknown resources and capabilities it
offers. “The article provided insights
into how to use the software more
effectively and become better at what
you do,” he notes.
PUTTING EXPERTISE TO WORK
HP’s holistic approach to project
management learning and knowledge
development has garnered industry
attention as well. HP received two major
awards from the American Society for
Training and Development (ASTD) and
the 2005 PMI Professional Development
Product of the Year Award.
“Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Services
organization has become a project
management-centric organization.
Tapping into the thought processes,
intellectual capital and expertise of
PMI, we have transformed the learning
process and helped build a more
focused and successful enterprise,” Mr.
Crotty says. ■
©2011. Project Management Institute, Inc. All rights reserved.
“PMI”, the PMI logo and “Making project management indispensable for business results” are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.
For a comprehensive list of PMI marks, contact the PMI Legal department. 041-037-2011(2-12)
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