Startups Project Management with Entrepreneurship Program Managers in İstanbul

We held a seminar with the managers of incubation centers and Technology Transfer Offices to discuss the place and importance of project management in startup trainings on 25 October in Kolektif House Levent, İstanbul.

At the start of the event, Gökçe Phillips, Outspeed Startup Project Manager, introduced the project and shared the preliminary results of the startup survey with the audience.

Bülent Gümüş, our Startup Key Expert, explained the differences between the startup projects and the contract-based or customer-based projects. He stated that one of the biggest challenges of startups in terms of project management is defining the scope and he, then, briefly talked about the favorite startup tools and methods such as Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Lean Business Canvas.

Algın Erozan, our Project Management Key Expert, explained the basic concepts and terminologies of project management. He emphasized that the agile or hybrid project management lifecycle should be used in startup projects as the project scope needs to be defined in many iterations.

The managers of incubation centers and Technology Transfer Offices stated that the current startup training curriculum does not generally include the project management topics such as scope definition, work breakdown structure and project activities identification, duration and cost estimation, scheduling, stakeholder management, risk management, etc. They also stated that the Startup Project Management Practice Guide and the training materials that will be produced in the Outspeed Startup project will be very helpful for the startups and startup training designers.

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We Had Our Second Monitoring Visit

Barış Uysal,  Grant Monitoring Expert and Ayşe Tolunay, EU Affairs Expert, visited the project Office on October 23 to review the Outspeed Startup project for the second time.

After the project team informed Barış Uysal and Ayşe Tolunay in detail about the progress of the project, Barış Uysal and Ayşe Tolunay reviewed the required documents for the project. In particular, the authorities examined the budget of the project and the expenditures within the budget. Authorities answered the project team’s questions on this issue and the authorities shared their opinions to the project team. Apart from that, authorities reviewed visibility materials, social media sharing, events and project website. Also,the project team mentioned about the activities the team plan to do and the materials the team plan to prepare in the future

It was an efficient meeting between authorities and project team.

Outspeed Startup Project Partners Made Their First Workshop

Outspeed Startup project partners came together in France to carry out their first workshop. The workshop was held in Paris on 27-28 September. Outspeed Startup project experts Bülent Gümüş,Gökçe Phiilips and Algın Erozan from PMI Turkey, Mark Gray from PMI France, Mihail Mihailov from PMI Bulgaria and Igor Mrzlikar from PMI Slovenia participated in the workshop.

The workshop topics were the practice guide, the surveys which are applied to startups and mentors, and the planned web portal. But, main purpose of the workshop was to work on the Practice Guide. Firstly, Gökçe Phillips  and Bülent Gümüs gave a presentation on the Project initiating section of the Guide since this sets the scope and the flow of the Practice Guide and then they did many discussions on the content, level of detail and flow of the Practice Guide. Especially, Mark Gray, Igor Mrzlikar worked on execution and planning phase of practice guide and Algın Erozan, Mihail Mihailov worked on introduction and closing phase of practice guide.

Consequently, Project members achieved a better understanding and agreement on the content, language and flow of the Guide. Team members provided feedback on the draft Guide to the Section Owners.

The Project Management Seminar for Startup and Entrepreneurship Programme Managers at Ankara Development Agency

The Project Management Seminar for Start-up and Entrepreneurship Programme Managers was held on 10 October at Ankara Development Agency.

Technology Transfer Office and Incubation Centre representatives from Hacettepe, TOBB, Cankaya,THKU and Ankara University were present at the event.

Gökçe Phillips, the technical leader of the OutSpeed Startup project, summarised the objectives and the roadmap of the OutSpeed Startup project. After introducing the project, she presented the preliminary results of the Survey conducted among start-ups to understand their perspective of Project Management.

At the second part of the event, Gökçe Phillips briefly discussed Lean Start-up Design Thinking and some other start-up methodologies and emphasised how PMI tools and methods can support and provide a solid infrastructure to blend all these methodologies.

The interactive discussion about the current training courses at the Technology Transfer Offices and incubation centres were also listed and discussed in terms of their relation to Project Management.

As part of the Outspeed Start-up Project, a Project Management Practice Guide for Start-ups will be produced and the team will deliver training courses to start-ups and informative sessions to mentors and incubation centres.

If you are a Start-up or Mentor, you can support our project by filling out our surveys through the links below ;

For Startup: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/outspeed

For Mentor: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/outspeed_mentor

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