Leadership and Management for Non-Profit Professionals concluded its third module on Program Management.

Designed for the participants to share, understand, and learn about Project Management best practices and consisted of six (6) sessions, synchronous and asynchronous the Program Management module helped the cohort identify key characteristics and key elements of a project; understand the roles and different levels of involvement of stakeholders; define roles and responsibilities of the different project team; determine needed resources (human, nonhuman, and budget) to complete the project; and develop a customized project work plan and structure for better project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Ms. Aika Robredo, course facilitator, highlighted in this module that project control entails reconfirming the plan, assessing performance, taking corrective action, and keeping people informed throughout the project to ensure it proceeds according to plan and produces the desired results. She also shared a tip to plan to assess overall project performance at least once a month to identify promptly unexpected problems that must be addressed. The importance of regularly monitoring the project’s scheduled performance: spot early indications of possible activity-coordination problems, resource conflicts, and cost overruns.

As project managers, kailangan maging hyper-aware tayo of the different scenarios, of the different circumstances na kung nasaan ‘yung project natin, even we adjust. And important lahat to do our research, to find out  all about that at the start kasi mahirap kapag midway doon tayo magbabago.

AIKA ROBREDO

She also presented during the session 5 discussions the difference between leadership and management and highlighted that project managers should be both: leader and manager. In project planning, leaders are the “why” of the project — the one who will create the vision of the project and inspire others to help make that vision a reality while managers are the “what, when and how to develop a feasible approach”; merely focused on creating plans and assessing performance. 

Lastly, Ms. Aika ended the session by underscoring the importance of delegating tasks. The value of the non-personnel matrix as it lists down the resource needed to perform the task and it also provides the required amount of each resource.  She also shared to estimate the amount of each resource we need, examine the nature of the task and the capacity of the resource. Ensuring that non personnel resources are available when needed requires that you specify the times that you plan to use them.

When you are Project Managers, it is really important to delegate because sometimes managing the whole team is a project in itself especially if you have a big team.

AIKA ROBREDO

Leadership and Management for Non-Profit Professionals is a one-year fellowship program aims to develop and equip junior non-profit professionals with knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) in certain areas of leadership, management, and organizational development. Through interactive sessions and workshops, the program aims to create a network of nonprofit leaders who will learn to collaborate and work together to solve societal problems.

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