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Partnership Program

1Program Overview
2Application
3Compliance Documents
4Submit

Description

The Performance Opportunity, Inc. (POI) Partnership Program is designed to provide one with the opportunity to demonstrate professional and management skill directed toward career development.  The experience gained by managing POI projects is meant to supplement one’s resume demonstrating management potential to employers.

Our program focuses on project management in accordance with industry standards as defined by the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK). In today’s business world all professions are impacted by project management; therefore, project management experience will provide one with a distinct advantage over others competing in the job market.

The program begins with basic project management training covering the basic elements of project management initiation and planning. It also provides a framework for what is expected from Partnership Program participants.

The project team will be responsible for:

  • Producing a Project Management Plan
    1. Developing project baselines:
    2. Work Breakdown Structure
    3. Schedule
    4. Budget
  • Executing the project
  • Closing project

The team may work on several projects in parallel.

Time Commitment

This can vary from project to project; however, one can expect to meet on a weekly basis and dedicate up to five hours effort per week on average with periods of ‘sprint and drift’ throughout each project’s lifecycle.

Location

Project activity is supported in a virtual environment where one only needs a computer and phone to contribute. Select participants may be local depending on their role.

Requirements

Support virtual work environment: Personal computers are needed to access POI provided email and shared documentation space. POI has partnered with Google in providing a suite of online tools for managing communications and data. Participants are assigned a G-mail account for email communications, storage of all POI work, and other computer related tools. All POI communications, data storage, and digitally related functions is to be accomplished using assigned POI accounts. In this way, successors will have access to all work and materials pertaining to POI projects.

Project tasks set as priority: Once established, event dates are not changed. For the project to be a success, tasks need to be accomplished on time. This will require personal planning to ensure project deadlines are not impacted by professional or academic events (e.g.: travel, exams, etc.). Personal events must also be considered to ensure they are not the cause of schedule delays (e.g.: vacations, birthday events, anniversaries, etc.).

Engage stakeholders: Projects undertaken by POI may have similarities, however, each project is a unique event. There are always new challenges that need to be addressed requiring individuals to take the initiative by making direct contact with stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle. Reluctance or delay in taking initiative by reaching out to stakeholders can impact scope, schedule, or cost leading to project issues or failure. POI’s expectation is for participants to vigorously follow-up with all stakeholders to ensure tasks receive action in a timely basis.

Produce documents and collect data: Effort applied in planning is directly proportional to project success with a successful project being a well-documented one. It is required that all participants make a contribution to management plans by authoring original content. In addition, project documents (e.g.: forms, reports, etc.) are produced throughout the project. Documentation allows an organization to pass knowledge to future projects and is an effective risk mitigation strategy minimizing the impact of personnel changes. Research may be required to develop plan content. Templates are provided for project plans and documents.

Protect information: Plans, schedules, baselines, and all work supporting an organization’s projects is their ‘secret sauce’; therefore, work associated with POI projects is protected as proprietary information. POI encourages the use the knowledge and techniques learned from participation; however, specific details and data is to be controlled throughout and after project lifecycles.

Benefits

Participants receive the benefit of applying their career expertise in a project management setting demonstrating their ability to work effectively in a team environment. This experience is suitable for documenting on a resume and may be applied to one’s project management experience in pursuit of Project Management professional (PMP) certification. In addition, work and accomplishments may be applied to academic internship programs.

Schedule/Duration

Participation programs require a one-year commitment. Work begins in July and continues until the end of May of the following year. June is reserved for Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification training.

Compensation

Individuals who support projects throughout the year (July through May) receive compensation in the form of CAPM and PMP certification classroom training valued at more than $2,000.00. The training program provides individuals with the following:

  • 35 hours (minimum) of formal project management education
  • 500+ pages of training materials
  • Digital copy of the Program Management Book Of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • Access to the practice exam system containing thousands of practice questions