This session was headed by Ms. Robin Canale, an independent consultant. The primary concepts explored centered on project management and leadership concepts. We explored multiple topics in depth including the importance of project management, the role of the CTO as related to project management, ways to build capacity as well as processes for handling conflicts within the organization.
Moreover, we looked at multiple contributors to successfully managing projects such as ensuring the presence of an actively engaged sponsor, focusing on benefits and sustainability, and how to best leverage technical project management talent, strategic business management talent, and leadership. Lastly, we focused our attention on topics like ethics associated with project management, team building, data management as well as the management of information technology, communication, and business management.
Most interestingly, we took a deep dive into the role of the CTO as related to project management. The role of the CTO is to insure projects are aligned with the strategic goals of the organization, that communications are clear and understood at all levels of management as well as the availability of resources to complete projects.
The course familiarized us with many of the tools and methods used in project management such as:
Finally, the course provided us with a clear understanding of the difference between risk management and risk response. Managing risk is a matter of applying mitigation strategies that allow the district to avoid, control, retain, or deflect challenges whereas assessing risk is a process of projecting the probability of risks and their impact.