How Training Managers on Microsoft® Project helped Faiveley Plan and Run Projects Effectively!
By Rohit Goswami
BACKGROUND AND COMPANY
Faiveley Transport is an international innovator, manufacturer and supplier of equipment for the railway industry. Established in 1919 in France, it has now firmly cemented its position as a leading company in its respective sector. The company’s scope of supply includes the study, design, manufacture and the delivery of the required equipment. The company is also a major player in the railway sector of India, and has been a major equipment supplier for Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad metro systems.
In 2016, Faiveley Transport extended their capacity and capabilities at Hosur site, near Bengaluru, in order to cover the entire range of their product portfolio. The site thus grew, witnessing an increase in activity and turnover. As a result of the expansion, the company started running projects, which necessitated training of managers in Microsoft® Project. Such a training was important to plan and run projects effectively.
OUR ROLE AND SOLUTION
It is at this juncture that Manipal Prolearn was roped in by Faiveley Transport to provide training to the company’s managers in Microsoft® Project. Although some of them were aware of some features of Project, what was needed was a comprehensive picture of the capabilities of Microsoft® Project.
Training in Microsoft® Project cannot be a conventional training where the instructor talks and the learners listen. It has to be hands-on lab.
Project has many features. It has to be ensured that the learners are not overwhelmed with information on the features. This may confuse the learners and turn them off.
The training philosophy was not explaining a tool feature and its purpose. It was the other way round. A typical project management need was described followed by the relevant tool features
The training followed the typical project sequence – planning, updating, monitoring, controlling and reporting.
Further the training was split at two levels – basic and advanced. The basic part dealt with the bare minimum no frills project scheduling. The advanced part covered advanced features.
An example project schedule ran along in the background for the training.
The learners were encouraged to work in pairs to correct each other if needed. In addition, the instructor also gave attention to each learner individually.
POST CLASSROOM TRAINING
The learners will get access to online course material and quizzes. In addition, they could approach the subject matter expert for any advice.
With this we have added yet another competency level amongst the Faiveley audience. The workshop was engaging and had specific learning outcomes. The post workshop online learning will ensure concepts learnt in the class are revised regularly and skills are fine-tuned further.