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People Oriented Project Management

Fall 2024

Sep 9, 2024


Oct 13, 2024

Program Pricing: $250 for Erdős Institute Alumni Club Members and $500 for all other academics.

Notes: You do NOT need to be a Fall 2024 Launch Cohort member to register.

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Registration Deadlines

Sep 6, 2024


Erdős Alumni Club members




Advance, Supplemental, Mini-Course


The goal with this course is to help participants gain knowledge and techniques that make leading and participating in projects more successful throughout a whole project. When we look at just the project and not the people, even the most carefully planned project can fall apart in a blink. We will examine the basic foundational concepts of project management with an emphasis on leadership, communication, best practices and people skills that will boost trust, morale, and commitment by the humans that make projects happen....successfully.



Organizers, Instructors, and Advisors


Lisa Reitz, MA

Lead Instructor

Office Hours:



Preferred Contact:



Participants will:
- Develop a general understanding of the project management framework and how process helps lead a team.
- Learn about and apply techniques for positive and impactful interactions within a project team.
- Assess the challenges of people oriented project management and create strategies for successful project completion.
- Understand various techniques to establish and guide a productive and successful project team.
- Develop self-awareness to be a better project leader

What to expect:

The POPM course is primarily asynchronous. Participants use self-guided weekly lecture videos/slides and reading materials. Small teams will work together throughout the course and be tasked with "Weekly Teamwork Assignments." Participants will meet 1x weekly via Zoom to discuss team solutions to the "Weekly Teamwork Assignments" and dig deeper into our own experiences with the course topics. Certain requirements need to be met to receive certification.

Past participants found weekly commitment to be approximately 4-6 hours, including reviewing all lectures and materials, collaborating on the team project and the weekly 45 minute live discussion.

Course Requirements for Certification - To earn certification, workshop participants are required to:
- Weekly: Actively participate with your team in the 4 Weekly Teamwork Assignments (1 per week), submitting them in a timely manner to the designated location.
- At the end of the course: Submit your Collective Weekly Teamwork Assignments (4 total) and Individual Post-Mortems (1 total) during Week 5.
- Teams are responsible to fairly self-report their own and individual team members' active participation each week via the Weekly Teamwork Assignments.
- Participate in a minimum 3 of 5 Video sessions (Kick Off and Weeks 1-4)

First Steps/Prerequisites

The course syllabus contains requirements and the schedule for this 5 week course. Please review and get familiar with this prior to the Kick-Off Live Zoom held on Monday, 9/9/24 @ 6:30pm Eastern Time.

Program Content

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Program Content


Week 1 - Lecture 1

Week 1

Welcome to People Oriented Project Management. Let's get a foundation built by doing a overview of Project Management.


Project/Homework Instructions

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Project/Team Formation
Project Submission
Projects README


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Course Kick-Off Meeting

September 9, 2024 at 10:30:00 PM


Week 3 Discussion

September 29, 2024 at 10:30:00 PM


Week 1 Discussion

September 15, 2024 at 10:30:00 PM


Week 4 Discussion

October 6, 2024 at 10:30:00 PM


Week 2 Discussion

September 22, 2024 at 10:30:00 PM


Please check your registration email for program schedule and zoom links.

Project/Homework Deadlines

Sep 14, 2024

10:00 PM

Week 1 Group Assignment Submission

Submit to Google Drive Student Folder

Sep 21, 2024

10:00 PM

Week 2 Group Assignment Submission

Submit to Google Drive Student Folder

Sep 28, 2024

10:00 PM

Week 3 Group Assignment Submission

Submit to Google Drive Student Folder

Oct 5, 2024

10:00 PM

Week 4 Group Assignment Submission

Submit to Google Drive Student Folder

Oct 13, 2024

10:00 PM

Final Assignment Individual Submission (including the group assignment)

Submit to Google Drive Student Folder

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