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Train Them Up Right: Developing Your Gen X and Y Project Teams

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin

Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin is editor-in-chief for PM Solutions Research, and the author, co-author and editor of over twenty books on project management, including the 2007 PMI Literature Award winner, The AMA Handbook of Project Management, Second Edition.

Not to go all Biblical-scholarly on you, but in thinking about the younger generations of project managers, the verse from Proverbs (22:6) kept ringing in my mind:

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Hmm. Granted, it is rather hard to quote the King James Bible without sounding ageist and sexist, but that isn't my intention. Instead, I'd like to point our readers and clients to the reality that inculcating newer and/or younger employees in the shared language and customs of your organization's project management culture is a crucial first step in more seamless project, program and strategy execution. That's one reason PM College has made a speciality of customizing project management training to our clients' industries and corporate cultures.

A recent search on millennial workers and project management brought up a list of studies and articles on the types of training that work best to integrate younger employees into the workforce, without dampening their enthusiasm or stamping out their unique perspective --- something that will be important for innovation going forward. Here's a sampling:

What stands out for me in all these articles is the time-tested truth that, whatever you pay attention to, you will have an effect on. Paying attention to the competency level, on-boarding, and development possibilities for any employee is bound to gain performance and loyalty.

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