At the start of each class, veterans are assigned to work together in small teams of 4 to 6 people. One of the Black Diamond Charities instructors serves as their dedicated Team Coach. 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 2019 Class
Team Members (from left to right): Bill Baxter (team coach), Rachel Burke, Ontario Robinson, Roger Machut, Kevin Meeker.
Team Aegis’ project is to design and oversee construction of a new park in a suburb of Chicago to meet demand resulting from new housing. The site plan makes good use of land adjacent to a river with an awkward shape that makes it had to use for other purposes.
Grading & landscaping
Construction of soccer & baseball fields; basketball court
Cell tower for additional recurring revenue potential to the client park district
Parking lot with lighting and provision for food trucks
Schedule: 3 years, 3 months
Budget: $8 Million
Team Members (from left to right): Albert Alexander, Renee Rouse, Ira M. Hendon, MBA, PMP, CSM, CSSC (team coach), Denise Mathus, Angela Tyler, Jason Glanz.
The VetRAC team proposed a transitional residence and training center for Disabled and non-disabled veterans to develop skills in multiple technologies that provides veterans access to higher paying career opportunities. Each training curriculum is targeted to be 15 weeks in duration. The initial set of technologies identified are R (Robotics), A (Artificial Intelligence) and C (Cybersecurity). The veteran students will be hired apprentice (employees) with the corporate sponsor organizations.
The transitional residence and training classrooms will be American Disability Act (ADA) compliant to accommodate our disabled veterans. The veteran students will also have access to life services including transportation to the VA for medical and/or mental health services, transportation to their employer during their apprentice program and meal services while at the center. Screening and background checks will be part of the student admissions process. Students will not be charged tuition. In fact, the veteran students will be paid an hourly rate during their training.
The VetRAC team presentation consisted of:
Project concept and project management plan
$19 Million team budget
$16.5 Million (Initial rollout)
$2.5 Million (First 3 years of operational cost)
Schedule: 13 month initial timeline to launch the first class
Initial rollout included: training center/residence hall acquisition, buildout, setup the technology labs, life services coordination, hire staff, identify the instructors, admit the veteran students, setup the apprenticeship with the corporate sponsors and launch the first class. The initial pilot class is expected to have 20 Veteran students and will focus on Robotics.
Team BUILDING BLOCKS
Team Members (from left to right): Chris McClintock, Nestor Zavala, Eric Villareal, Deb Kirschenmann-Driscoll (team coach), Michael Fulton, Chad Holder, Darrell Berg.
The team chose a project to set-up an ongoing training program. Building Blocks will address the gap in skills training at the youth and workforce level by assisting in community-based projects. We will provide training in trades for youth through partnerships with construction companies and unions. Each cohort will learn entry level responsibilities needed to enhance their opportunity to gain employment in the trades by completing work that improves the Chicagoland area. Upon completion of a cohort youth will have the opportunity to continue to build their skill level through certified programs provided by union apprenticeship programs. Through collaboration with businesses, local leaders, volunteers and the Building Blocks team we will strive to achieve four cohorts a year. The quarterly project will span through different communities in Chicago who are looking to enhance opportunities for their youth and transform high risk areas.
Through collaboration with businesses, local leaders, volunteers and the Building Blocks team we will strive to achieve four cohorts a year.
Address the gap in skills training
Provide training in trades
Youth will have certified programs
Team SHC (Sweet Home Chicago)
Team Members (From left to right): Johnny Stewart, Thomas Urbanski, Christina Jackson, Marion Penn II, George Vucotich
Sweet Home Chicago Project’s Goal is to provide recommendations to both the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago for a second chance pitch to Amazon to land the HQ2 or second corporate headquarters. The team is engaged to come up with a proposal to both government entities, to present to Amazon in order to land HQ2. The objectives are:
Examine and do Lessons Learned on the failed execution of agreement with Long Island, NY location
Examine and do Lessons Learned on why Northern VA won the 2nd and split location for HQ2 (with originally Long Island)
Examine and do Lessons Learned why the first Chicago pitch did not make the final cut nor was chosen for HQ2
Determine all the value added proposition of the State of Illinois and the city of Chicago, from the perspective of various resource types: e.g., institutions of higher learning and thus a highly skilled workforce, rail/road/air travel and thus being a transportation hub of the Midwest, affordable housing and cost of living, cultural resources in the city, diversity of population and how that translates to diversity in the workforce, among others.
The team is engaged as well to research a true SWOT and Risk Analysis, and thus propose mitigation plans to better position the Windy City as a viable HQ2 for the e-commerce leader
The team provided a Scope statement, Business Case, Timeline, SWOT and Risk Analysis, Cost Estimate, towards a final deliverable to the city and state on how, when, and what to pitch to Amazon bring HQ2 to the city of Chicago, state of Illinois.
Tiny Homes, Big Hearts
Team members (from left to right): Kenneth Frazier, Curtis Harris, Karen Hernandez, Robert J Conlisk, Gayle Silverman (team coach)
The purpose of our project is to give Veterans in our city a safe place to sleep. We want to address the needs of the homeless community with a comprehensive, focused approach; providing not only shelter, but programming and services to help reintegrate the homeless population back to society with all the tools they need to be successful and sustain themselves for the future. Why? The answer is simple- everyone deserves a roof over their head, clothes on their back, and food on the table.
We will provide short-term housing in small units and support services to homeless community members. The clients will be directly sent to us through one of the community partners that provides homeless resources and programming currently. The programming will be provided by community partners that encompass employment, education, and social community building with a peer support network. The project will be under the Tiny Homes, Big Hearts (501c3) that has already been established.