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Leading Effective Project Teams

Four colleagues working on a project in an office.

Course description

This course is designed for project leaders looking to create and maintain engaged and productive teams.Teamwork and project management are interdependent disciplines. Imagine trying to manage a project without teamwork. Orchestrating the delivery of a project requires a team culture that can only be achieved through leadership and teamwork. Developing teams and promoting a synergistic culture of teamwork is an essential career skill for today’s project managers.

During this course you can expect to obtain the following skills to leverage toward achieving project management excellence.

  • Understanding of the characteristics of highly productive project teams and project leaders
  • Methods for use in developing successful and positive project teams
  • Awareness of the essential attributes of an effective project team environment and culture
  • Unique attributes and methods for use toward leadership of virtual and cross-cultural project teams

Each week’s reading is accompanied by a narrated PowerPoint presentation. NO textbook is required: all material will be accessible on the internet.

All coursework must be completed by May 13, 2019.

Completion of the course provides:

  • Certificate of completion
  • 20 hours that can be applied toward the education hours prerequisite to sit for the Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM®) or Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exam through Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • 20 PDUs/CEUs of professional development units (PDU) or continuing education units (CEU)
  • Certificate good for one free credit* of tuition available for use in the fall 2019 start of the MS in Project Management program

The certificate of completion may be added to your resume and/or LinkedIn profile.

*Credit valued at $549.00 other restrictions apply. Please see admissions counselor for more information.

About the course instructor

Kent Lacy, Ed.D., PMP
Professionally, I've been working within the technology field for over 30 years - specifically specializing in project management over the past 18 years. The initial years of my career were spent in the US Army. Upon leaving the military I worked as a computer programmer for several years before transitioning to Project Management. I currently work as a manager within the Project Management Office (PMO) of a large financial institution. I work on a team focused on ensuring that our global project management resource pool is fully utilized, engaged and working on proper project assignments.

From an academic perspective, I earned associate and bachelor’s degrees in information systems management while in the military from the University of Maryland. In 2000, I received an MBA from Metropolitan State University (Minnesota) and in 2009 received a doctorate in organization development from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). I've been fortunate to teach at several colleges and universities as an adjunct faculty member over the past fifteen years. For the past several years, I’ve focused on teaching courses in project management at The College of St. Scholastica.

I am married and live in Prior Lake, Minnesota. We enjoy traveling primarily to warm destinations in the winter. During the summer, we enjoy golfing at our family cabin in northern Minnesota.

I am really looking forward to working with you as part of this course offering.

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