Analytical Center to Teach Regional Governments Project Management

14 july 2015

The Head of the Department for Project Management in the Public Sector of the Analytical Center of the Russian Government Pavel Shestopalov held two training seminars for civil servants of Ulyanovsk Oblast.

One seminar was titled the Benefits and Opportunities Civil Service Can Get from Project Management and was aimed at top brass while the other was a practical seminar for the work group titled Launching a Project to Introduce Project Management in Civil Service. There was a lot of interest in both because in Ulyanovsk Oblast a decision has already been made about where project management is going to be introduced first: in the Ministry for Economic Development, Ministry of Arts and Cultural Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources of Ulyanovsk Oblast.

The first seminar looked at how project management is different when applied in civil service as well as the principles that should be used to address existing problems. Participants also discussed the best practices demonstrated by the laureates of the professional project management in civil service contest Project Olympus.

More than 60% of the time of the second seminar was devoted to practical assignments, business games and exercises during which the participants developed preliminary drafts of all key documents needed to introduce project management (project passports, road maps, responsibility matrices, structural decomposition of tasks).

At the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum Vladimir Putin said that every regional government had to have a project office. “A lot of regional governments already have an appreciation for the fact that this is something they need. Those that do not jump on the project management bandwagon today may eventually lose out in the long run,” Pavel Shestopalov noted.