Places In Progress

Project Management

Places In Progress raises the bar on performance in the public sector.  With trainings and technical assistance that cater to your agency's specific needs and goals, clients gain a unique performance advantage that sets them apart from the competition.

 

Project Management Trainings

Places In Progress offers multi-day trainings in project management that cater to the specific needs of our clients.  Drawing from on-the-ground experience in public sector project management, our trainings emphasize practical skillsets for project managers seeking to improve their efficiency and manage a diverse range of projects.

Project-Based Services

When training is not enough, our team offers hands-on project support to guide clients through even the most complex projects.  Prospective projects include the implementation of neighborhood plans or the rebranding of an organization.

 
 

Guiding Principles

Strategic Alignment

Too often public agencies take on projects with nothing but funding in mind.  Instead, organizations must initiate with intention and evaluate their own strategic goals before jumping into one-off programs that stand alone from the organization's larger portfolio.

 

Multidisciplinary Teams

Effective teams are made up of individuals with a variety of technical skills.  While it is often necessary and even encouraged to look outside the team for technical support, every team should have at least a working knowledge of any relevant subject matter.

Cooperative Learning

To maximize the impact of these multidisciplinary teams, project managers should foster an environment of continued learning.  This allows teams to build cohesion and be more resilient to changing personnel.  Cooperative learning prioritizes skills transference and offers team members a chance to consistently add value to the organization.

 

Process Improvement

Project management is inherently an iterative process.  Errors are useful as they allow teams to learn from their mistakes, but only to the extent that those errors are documented.  Over time, teams will have built a body of knowledge detailing 100 ways of how not to do something.  Doing so keeps teams from committing similar errors in the future and accelerates the path to a right answer.

 

Systems Management

Applying these tenets of effective project management on an organizational level changes how public sector agencies interact with each other and their constituencies.  Such an overhaul creates an atmosphere of machine learning in which teams communicate with a common language and continuously drive each other's performance forward.