Non-profit boost from co-operative app for PM training

PM4 app launch
Pictured: Verena Tarpey, Rape Crisis Midwest; Ronan Foley, Project Management Institute; and Denis Kelly, Dell

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22 July 2014 | 0

The Project Management Institute Irish Chapter, in cooperation with Dell, has launched a new free web app to support its PM4LIFE programme, which provides project management training and skills to non-profit and cultural organisations.

According to the institute, a total of 58 organisations have benefitted from the programme to date, which is delivered through six-hour intensive training sessions from Dell’s campus in Limerick.

“A number of colleagues from Rape Crisis Midwest and I attended a PM4LIFE training seminar,” said Verena Tarpey, Rape Crisis Midwest. “The skills that we learned at the seminar have been invaluable to us. It has completely changed the approach that we take to managing our projects and as a result we are saving time and improving the results on everything that we are doing. The Dell team were passionate about helping us and have helped to bring a new way of thinking into the organisation. We have referred the training to many of our colleagues in the not for profit sector as I believe that the skills that Dell are sharing can have a profound impact on the delivery of services to people in need across a whole range of organisations.”

“Dell is committed to powering the possible both for our customers and for our partners in the communities where we are based,” said Denis Kelly, ‎VP Global Consumer Support Services at Dell. “The PM4LIFE programme, developed by our colleagues in Limerick and now also being rolled out by our teams in Cork and Dublin is helping non-profit organisations do more. We are delighted to be able to share our project management skills with as many organisations as possible. The demand for training has been so strong, we are hopeful that the app will help the programme scale as well as continue to provide support and assistance to organisations once they have completed training.”

A team at Dell developed the web app, which has been specially optimised for smart phone use, as a supplement to the PM4LIFE programme. The app contains course content which will facilitate participating organisations in getting the most out of the PM4LIFE training sessions, and in ensuring that the lessons they learn can be put into practice with ongoing reference to this handy electronic guide.

Dell’s project managers are experts who are well placed to advise non-profits such as charities and community groups as well as cultural organisations, on the benefits of adopting a suite of key project management tools and tenets. The focus is on the practical steps needed to run a successful project, whether it be one of the events taking place this year as part of the Limerick City of Culture Programme, or indeed a major fundraising initiative such as the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day. From determining the scope of the project to overseeing its execution, and all the planning stages in between, good project management know-how is indispensable to ensuring that efficiencies are maximised on behalf of the individual organisation and for the good of the entire community.

In addition to the digital educational tools, which are provided in association with the PMI educational foundation, the web app also boasts a range of other features including a calendar, as well as hubs for news and downloads.

The PM4LIFE web app will be made available to those who participate in Dell’s PM4LIFE programme.

Interested organisations are urged to contact pm4life@dell.com for more information about participating the programme.

 

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