At the start of each course, veterans are assigned to work together in small teams of 4 to 5 people. One of the Black Diamond Charities instructors serves as their dedicated Project Sponsor. Together, teams identify a project for which to develop a project management plan. They collaborate during class time, and normally have a team call during the week to finish assignments on the topics they learn each Saturday. Each team developed, presented and submitted the following project deliverables: Charter, Stakeholder Register, RACI chart, Requirements document, Scope Statement, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), project schedule, risk analysis, project budget and final presentation of their respective projects.
Spring 2018 Class
TEAM VETERANS VILLAGE
Team Members (from left): Sponsor Ira M. Hendon, MBA, PMP, CSM, CSSC; Site Plan Lead Brian McGehee; Quality and Risk Plan Lead Ezinwa Nwankpa; Budget and Schedule Lead Mike Willis; Facility Plan Lead William “Tripp” Butusov; Team PM Dan Perez, Services.
The Veterans Village team proposed a Center that provides life support services to proactively re-integrate homeless and re-patriated Veterans into society as productive citizens. The Village would provide the Veterans meals and housing; transportation to Job Training facilities; transportation to the local VA facility for health and mental care; assist with enrolling the Veterans for eligible social services care.
The Veterans Village team defined the program with the following five sub-projects:
• Solicit Pilot funding and Create the Site Plan
• Planning and Setup of Facilities and Equipment
• Creating the Veteran’s Integrated Services Plan
• Creating the Staffing Plan and Hiring for the Pilot’s launch and first six-months of operations
• Creating the Project Management Plan for the above Deliverables and Work Streams; Assess feasibility for expanding the Pilot
The Veteran’s Village team identified value for the following groups of stakeholders: Resident Veterans, Politicians, Veteran’s Village Manager, VA Medical Personnel, Village Caseworker and Veteran Social Services Providers, Job Training Centers and Job Providers, and the community where the Village is located. The team prepared a budget for the Pilot launch of $5,000,000 and an initial estimate for the first six months of operations. The estimated schedule was 120 days to launch the Pilot. The Pilot would initially accommodate 10 Veterans.
This project team also presented their final presentation at the March 2018 PMI Chicagoland Chapter Dinner meeting.
TEAM Coastal Cantonment
Team Members (from left to right): Diana Morgan, Rodney Williams, Heather Smith, Sponsor Antuanete Sanchez, PMP, LSSGB, CSM, and Marlena Ragland (not photographed).
Project Stand Up provides life essential services to Chicago area homeless and at-risk Veterans while attending local area Stand Down events. This organization intends to fulfill an existing need within this target demographic.
Stand Up provides access to life services to at risk veterans: such as bathrooms, showers, clean clothes and personal grooming while attending VA Stand Down event.
Team members (from left): Sponsor Elizabeth Gain, MBA, PMP, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Terri Gianotti, Jessica Wallace, Gerald Bolden and Kenny Henry.
As a National Leader in education, the Illinois State Board of Education mandated a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for grades K-12. Implementation of the K-12 SEL curriculum places Illinois among an elite 6 states with SEL development expanded standards to include both elementary and high school students. The five competencies of SEL are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. A market analysis determined the majority of Illinois high schools have not met the SEL mandate. The Illinois State Board of Education wants to rollout the curriculum for grades 9-12 and implement a tracking tool to monitor implementation of SEL for the over 1,300 Illinois high schools.
To prepare for the pilot, the team identified an evidenced based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum that complied with the state mandate. The team collaborated with a Research Institute to select the 4 pilot high schools and to conduct the pilot. The pilot high schools represent urban, suburban, rural, mid-state, and downstate communities.
The pilot schedule for the 2018-2019 school year addresses the curriculum manager integrating the curriculum into the existing Health & Wellness Modules, training teachers, teaching students as part of 10-50 minute modules, assessing the curriculum, and presenting the assessment to the Illinois State Board of Education. The curriculum costs and training are covered under Title 2 Federal Funds. The pilot will provide best practices for curriculum rollout across the state and develop the implementation tracking system. The $700,000 project budget includes a 20% contingency for risks associated with different types of schools, as well as developing the tracking tool to monitor compliance with the mandate.
team tropic thunder
Team members (from left): Sponsor Gayle Silverman, PMP, Jeremy Mackey, Maurice Coleman, Khariell Pinkney, Jon Gabrielson, Priscilla Compton, Sponsor Nora Ten Broeck, PMP.
This team researched and proposed a way to install a water turbine in the Chicago River, which would help power local businesses without relying on a single energy source. The pilot project would take place near the Tribune building and the clean, environmentally safe energy would be a cost savings to businesses while generating revenue for this team after a few months of deployment.