On Thursday, July 30, the YES program held a webinar for YES Alumni on Project Management and Development. Around 90 YES students attended and learned how to organize, plan, and schedule a project. The webinar was facilitated by Bangladeshi YES Alumni Imran, a certified professional trainer and member of the Project Management Institute who is passionate about leadership and project management.
In his discussion of project management, Imran spoke about the importance of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when planning projects, defined key terms in the field like mission, objectives, and deliverables, and discussed the importance of a work breakdown structure and figuring out what one's core tasks are for the project. He also went over the timeline of a project, the stakeholders one needs to consider in implementing a project, and risk management.
Students were then placed in breakout rooms to plan and design a project in groups of five or six alumni. They selected from proposed hypothetical projects on gender equality, career readiness, teaching sign language, and organizing a reading marathon. Alumni discussed how their suggested project could help their community, which stakeholders are involved, internal and external risks to consider, and the core tasks and steps that need to be implemented in order to complete the project. Before the end of the webinar, some groups shared their project plan to their fellow participants.
Watch the recording of the YES Project Management and Development Webinar below: