Steering Complex Projects from Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education

22 November 2022

[Video Transcript] Steering Complex Projects from Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education

Welcome to the programme. I hope you are ready and excited to get started. To that end, we would like to run through what you can expect from this programme over the next few weeks. First of all, let's talk about structure. We have built this programme to run over eight weeks.

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At the end of each week, you'll reflect on your learning and plot the next steps to apply this in your professional practice. This is an important part of the programme, which we hope you'll use as a roadmap to manage your own future projects.

Now, let's talk about what this programme is really about. If we could sum this up in one line, it would be that we view projects as a weapon of organisational change. Projects are the nitty gritty work that brings opportunities for changing the organisation for the better into concrete reality. This includes the strategic context in the organisation for change ideas and the actual work needed to translate the ideas into organisational action.

A key part of this is recognising that all project management is a widely applicable method. Not all projects can be managed the same way.

Now, let's also consider what this programme is not. What's more important is that you learn how to translate strategic goals into operational goals for a project and make sure the project continues to support the goals of the organisation.

You'll want to be able to identify the types of projects warranted for strategic goals, down to scope creep when it occurs, and balance flexibility and rigidity.

To accomplish all of this, we have organised the programme into eight key topics. In the first module, we tackle the overriding theme of the programme, how projects enable strategic change. In week two to four, we talk about the different types of projects, execution, novel, and change projects.

As you move through the programme, a few more things to keep in mind. Yours is a global cohort from a wide variety of cultural and professional backgrounds. We hope that you will be able to use the programme as an opportunity to compare notes and network and learn from one another.

The programme includes 24-hour support for technical issues through programme support. And learning facilitators with experience in leadership and project management will respond to content inquiries and host office hours to further your learning. Do take advantage of these. I hope you're ready for an exciting eight weeks of learning. Let's get started.

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