Short Term Practicum: Project Management Bootcamp
Catalog course description: From Zero to Sixty: Start-Up Project Management Boot Camp engages students with a Project to plan, in collaboration with at least one expert in the field. Students learn Project Management (PM) methods and practices common to for-profit, non-profit, and government projects: basic accounting, Gantt Charts, business or project plans, project financing, metrics for success, external validation, and marketing. Students work in teams and choose a Project from a small number of options, then apply PM tools and skills to the team Projects.
Thomas Edison once said “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Many of us have plenty of great ideas that never see fruition, for failure to plan or execute the 99%. And ironically, most of the tools needed for professional Project Management could be learned in a month. Project Management (PM) for profit, non-profit, and government projects share a wide array of methods and practices: basic accounting, Gantt Charts, business or project plans, project financing, metrics for success, external validation, and marketing, to name a few. This course (Z2S) will engage students with a Project to plan, in collaboration with at least one expert in the field. Students will work in project teams and choose a Project from a small number of options offered by the instructor (which may include student-suggested projects). The Project Management elements will be studied in class and readings, then applied to the students’ Projects. (Garnet Gateway listing)
Class meets: M – Th 9-12, afternoon groupwork
- Brainstorm a project scope and break it down into tractable parts.
- Clarify tasks, assign work and set project milestones.
- Create a Gantt Chart and build a project timeline.
- Plan and track project cash flow.
- Make strategic trade-offs in priorities and resource allocation based on your understanding of the project scope and complexity
- Pitch a project, including financial and marketing plans, to a jury of experts.
Bio of Instructor:
I am an experienced serial entrepreneur, angel investor, school founder, teacher, and writer with experience in the US and China. I am a NBPTS-certified Master Teacher (High School mathematics). I was a founder or co-founder of several schools, including the Francis Parker Charter School in Devens, MA, Eton Academy in Beijing, and the Institute of Digital Design (now part of Base-FX in Beijing).
I am founding a project to develop 70+ acres of oceanfront in West Bath, ME into SEAworks — Self-reliance through Energy and Aquaponics–works! — a model community and research center for aquaponics and energy efficient design.
Prior to my recent Maine endeavors, I have been a start-up manager and investor for most of my professional career. Since 1990, I have been involved in education and teaching; first, as founder of the Francis Parker Charter School in Devens, MA; as a teacher at Parker; as a recipient of National Board of Professional Teaching Standards’ Master Teacher Certification (high school mathematics); and as a teacher, founder or investor in several schools in China since 2002. In 2006 I wrote the Stadler’s Guide to International Education (Beijing and Shanghai editions) for Ringier Publications. In 2010-2011, I was first Director of Training and Support and then Director of Operations for Teach for China in Beijing. All together, I lived and worked in China for most of the period from 2002-2015.
My career as a start-up investor began after graduate school at Harvard, when I co-founded Clearpoint Research Corporation. In summary, my career has spanned interests in education, government, and technology-focused businesses.