Professional Practice - Project Champions
ENGR 401: 2019 Trimester 1
There is the opportunity for 4th-year students to act as project champions for one or more ENGR 301/302 projects. There are several descriptions and definitions of the role of the project champion, but perhaps the most appropriate for ENGR 401 is The Project Champion: A Management Best Practice
from Small Business Trends.
Seven Traits of a Project Champion (from Small Business Trends):
- Qualifications and aptitude to understand all elements of the project.
- Capacity to meet and exceed expectations of management.
- Ability to motivate and inspire a team to buy in and become engaged in the project’s success.
- Finesse to negotiate with all parties to ensure project success.
- Exceptional problem solving abilities and the resourcefulness to defeat obstacles.
- Superior organizational talents, and a knack for keeping team members on track.
- Stellar communications skills, keeping all project stakeholders aware and engaged.
Project champion roles are voluntary (unpaid) but the workload is anticipated to be light - around 2-3 hours total across the 12 teaching weeks. We are looking for volunteers who are motivated by an interest in a particular project to involve themselves every now and then.
In the past, project champions who have been involved and effective in their role have, quite appropriately, cited being a project champion in their Curriculum Vitae and teaching staff have been happy to act as a reference for them.
Anyone wishing to be a project champion in 2019 should contact the Course Coordinator / Programme Director at their earliest convenience.