The project leader is one of the professions of the future, so knowledge of project management is also a knowledge of the future. Only a good leader can successfully carry out a project in cooperation with the team, which is the driving force for the development and progress of each organization and society as a whole. In order to conquer this knowledge as young as possible, the members of the PMI® Slovenia, together with the international initiative PMI®, began to spread a project culture among pupils and elementary school students with project we named “Projects in Bloom”. After several years, more than 700 teachers have been educated in Slovenia. In the school year 2016/2017, a pilot project was carried out in cooperation with the Municipality of Nova Gorica, which Was the first municipality in Slovenia that supported the program. Now the learned methods are used by 280 pupils (from 2nd to 9th grade). As part of this pilot project, a final event was held where pupils and teachers presented their experiences as well as exhibited project products and work results. This pilot project was an important milestone, since the concrete results were presented to the general public at the final event for the first time.  PMI® Slovenia makes a significant contribution to the dissemination of project management knowledge in our environment.

Learning tool “Projects in Bloom”

Learning tool was made by experts from the project and pedagogical profession. The new updated version is adapted for use on the interactive board. The goal of the learning tool is to provide globally proven project management practices that can be easily used by students and teachers when implementing their projects. The implementation of projects according to globally recognized and tested standards has many advantages and great added value for:

  • leadership of the school – successful realization of the planned projects and raising the quality level of education with newly acquired practical knowledge of project management without the cost of training;
  • teachers – less stressful work and more efficient implementation of projects from the curriculum, easier and simpler project management and tracking, developing soft skills, organizing, communicating, teamwork;
  • pupils – acquiring knowledge for life, team work, taking responsibility and teamwork, developing soft skills, developing positive self-esteem and personality;
  • parents – better connection with school, satisfaction with the acquisition of new knowledge and successes of children.

Through the link on the Poganjki projektov website, you can obtain the manual for free.

Program for introducing the learning tool “Projects in Bloom”

The Executive Board of the PMI Slovenia Association in November 2015 approved the Program for the introduction of a learning tool “Projects in Bloom”, prepared by the members of the PMI project team. From November 2015 onwards in the PMI Slovenia, all activities related to the introduction of the learning tool “Projects in Bloom” “will be carried out in accordance with the approved program. The program for introducing this learning tool can be downloaded with this link.

Website poganjkiprojektov.com

On the Projects in Bloom website you can learn more about examples of how project management tools are used in schools.

Mentoring and training for the teachers

PMI Slovenia voluntarily trains the teachers and offers mentorship in project management. By the end of October 2015, our information seminars were attended by 700 Slovenian teachers. The training is presented on the website Projects in Bloom. Starting from November 2015, we are conducting training according to the approved program for introducing the learning tool “Projects in Bloom”. We have prepared the program in order to offer you more choices. We pay special attention to mentoring about how to use this learning tool, because we believe that cooperation with our project management experts will help you in particular when checking the correct use of project management techniques by learning tool and obtaining feedback on your project outputs (eg activity tree, timeline, the project’s semaphore, etc.). If you are interested, please contact us at the contact below. We will be happy to agree on the appropriate schedule for training and mentoring about projects.

Cooperation

We are looking forward to work with you. For applications and questions, please write to info@pmi-slo.org; please enter »Projects in Bloom« in the “Subject” field. The phone number of the on-duty contact person in the association is 01 431 3075. The contact person for the project “Project shots” is Andreja Križnič.

  • Authors: Walter Ginevri of PMI® NIC from Milan and teacher Mariù Moresco
  • Starting point: PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge)
  • Objective: To present the life cycle of the project (from designing the idea to planning, monitoring and finishing the project) in an understandable language for the school environment.
  • Purpose: To help teachers find new ways in »how to teach children that they will learn« through good practice used in project management.
  • It does not replace established methods of didactic teaching projects, but complements the method of teaching that the teacher can adjust with a great deal of flexibility. It encourages creative thinking, cooperation, communication and teamwork.
  • A comprehensive set of methods and tools to help teach in elementary schools, especially for didactic projects that teachers and their pupils prepare during the school year.

Learning tool is free to disseminate via PMIEF ™ (www.pmief.org). The tool has been translated into 14 languages ​​and is used worldwide.

  • Beginning in 2011: translation of the first issue of the learning tool into the Slovenian language. The volunteers of the PMI Slovenia association have provided a translation of the learning project “Projects in Bloom” into the Slovenian language with the goal of helping teachers in elementary schools when they implement projects with children. Through indirect learning of project management, children acquire important skills for realizing great ideas in life. Translation was done in November 2011 by: Jana Barba, Alenka Slabe, Maja Andolšek Košutnik, Maja Ferle. Expert review of the translation and alignment with the PMBOK guide was performed by Andrej A. Česen. Antonela Divić Mihaljević and Irena Intihar participated in addition to the aforementioned members in the translation of the updated version of the teaching aid in September 2013.
  • In 2012: PMI® Slovenia is participating in the contest »Projects in Bloom in Gorica« (with PMI® NIC).
  • From 2012 onwards: PMI® Slovenia conducts information seminars for teachers of Slovene primary schools – 700 teachers take part by October 2015.
  • Translation of the second edition of the learning tool (adapted for use on the interactive whiteboard).
  • On the basis of experience, Jana Barba and Andrej Česen prepare a program for the introduction of the learning tool “Projects in Bloom”.
  • The project team then prepares the »Program for the introduction of the teaching tool Projects in Bloom«, approved by IO PMI® Slovenia in November 2015.
  • The program includes formative teacher training, gives more emphasis to mentoring teachers, and anticipates the implementation of the “Project in Bloom” contest.

“The method of project management is an excellent motivation for pupils that connects, encourages and prepares them to the methods of work that they will need in their professional life, regardless of their position in the company. It is reasonable to introduce it to all levels of education – from the first experiences of the youngest students to active independent performances of smaller projects in the final grades of the primary school. “(Katja Turk Medvešček)

 

“Perhaps I would point out that the project was carried out during regular curriculum, during different classes, but did not represent an additional work.” (Suzana Godina Jelušič)

 

“What did I learn from this experience? Interesting techniques for how to obtain children’s attention to cooperate and later to carry out the project. “(Ines Dobec)

Project manager: Andreja Križnič, PMP, Member of PMI Slovenia

in cooperation with Andreja Trojar Lapanja, head of the project office of the Municipality of Nova Gorica

Summary of the project activity:

  • Presentation of the program to the school principals.
  • Announcement of the contest and gathering the applications.
  • Training in three parts organized by the Municipality of Nova Gorica.
  • Implementation of projects and mentoring the teachers in schools.
  • Establishment of a commission for selecting the projects and project evaluation

Final event for participating teachers, pupils, parents and the general public (projects exhibition and festive event with symbolic awards for pupils and certificates and awards for teachers)

Learning tool »Projects in Bloom«
  • Authors: Walter Ginevri of PMI® NIC from Milan and teacher Mariù Moresco
  • Starting point: PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge)
  • Objective: To present the life cycle of the project (from designing the idea to planning, monitoring and finishing the project) in an understandable language for the school environment.
  • Purpose: To help teachers find new ways in »how to teach children that they will learn« through good practice used in project management.
  • It does not replace established methods of didactic teaching projects, but complements the method of teaching that the teacher can adjust with a great deal of flexibility. It encourages creative thinking, cooperation, communication and teamwork.
  • A comprehensive set of methods and tools to help teach in elementary schools, especially for didactic projects that teachers and their pupils prepare during the school year.

Learning tool is free to disseminate via PMIEF ™ (www.pmief.org). The tool has been translated into 14 languages ​​and is used worldwide.

Experiences in Slovenia 2011-2015
  • Beginning in 2011: translation of the first issue of the learning tool into the Slovenian language. The volunteers of the PMI Slovenia association have provided a translation of the learning project “Projects in Bloom” into the Slovenian language with the goal of helping teachers in elementary schools when they implement projects with children. Through indirect learning of project management, children acquire important skills for realizing great ideas in life. Translation was done in November 2011 by: Jana Barba, Alenka Slabe, Maja Andolšek Košutnik, Maja Ferle. Expert review of the translation and alignment with the PMBOK guide was performed by Andrej A. Česen. Antonela Divić Mihaljević and Irena Intihar participated in addition to the aforementioned members in the translation of the updated version of the teaching aid in September 2013.
  • In 2012: PMI® Slovenia is participating in the contest »Projects in Bloom in Gorica« (with PMI® NIC).
  • From 2012 onwards: PMI® Slovenia conducts information seminars for teachers of Slovene primary schools – 700 teachers take part by October 2015.
  • Translation of the second edition of the learning tool (adapted for use on the interactive whiteboard).
  • On the basis of experience, Jana Barba and Andrej Česen prepare a program for the introduction of the learning tool “Projects in Bloom”.
  • The project team then prepares the »Program for the introduction of the teaching tool Projects in Bloom«, approved by IO PMI® Slovenia in November 2015.
  • The program includes formative teacher training, gives more emphasis to mentoring teachers, and anticipates the implementation of the “Project in Bloom” contest.
Results in Slovenia 2011-2015

“The method of project management is an excellent motivation for pupils that connects, encourages and prepares them to the methods of work that they will need in their professional life, regardless of their position in the company. It is reasonable to introduce it to all levels of education – from the first experiences of the youngest students to active independent performances of smaller projects in the final grades of the primary school. “(Katja Turk Medvešček)

 

“Perhaps I would point out that the project was carried out during regular curriculum, during different classes, but did not represent an additional work.” (Suzana Godina Jelušič)

 

“What did I learn from this experience? Interesting techniques for how to obtain children’s attention to cooperate and later to carry out the project. “(Ines Dobec)

Pilot project with municipality Nova Gorica

Project manager: Andreja Križnič, PMP, Member of PMI Slovenia

in cooperation with Andreja Trojar Lapanja, head of the project office of the Municipality of Nova Gorica

Summary of the project activity:

  • Presentation of the program to the school principals.
  • Announcement of the contest and gathering the applications.
  • Training in three parts organized by the Municipality of Nova Gorica.
  • Implementation of projects and mentoring the teachers in schools.
  • Establishment of a commission for selecting the projects and project evaluation

Final event for participating teachers, pupils, parents and the general public (projects exhibition and festive event with symbolic awards for pupils and certificates and awards for teachers)