What kind of project manager are you?

The Project Management Institute offers a distinct set of phases that serves as the global benchmark for all project management best practices. However, grant professionals do not necessarily have the time or expertise to follow these project management tactics as they are stated. When I presented a session on project management at the 2016 conference, participants appreciated the real tools and solutions that they were able use immediately. Best practices are aspirational, but sometimes grant professionals need short-term outputs and solutions. What is the middle ground? How can this be more tactical? This session will offer these best practices through the lens of an overworked, knowledgeable grant professional that might need a little bit more support.

Learning Objectives: 1) Identify why project management is essential in how you function within (or in support of) your organization; 2) Categorize and cluster the different types of projects we work on; 3) Identify and share tools, systems and processes to help you work better; 4) Create a plan for getting buy-in for the improvements; 5) Find out how project management can positively impact your work in the short- and long-term; 6) Develop an action plan when you leave this session.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Rachel Werner, Owner and CEO of RBW Strategy, has over 15 years of grants and project management experience spanning the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors. She provides support to clients on the full lifecycle of grants activities, proposal development, project management, and strategic planning. Since the beginning of her career, she has helped to garner over $22 million in grants and contracts. She is a certified Project Management Professional and Certified Grants Professional.