Workshop in Slovenia

Last of our four workshops took palce between December 13-15 in Ljubljana,Slovenia. We met once again with our co-beneficiaries to exchange ideas and continue our work on the Practice Guide. Our key-experts Bülent Gümüş, Algın Erozan together with our project leader Gökçe Phillips joined our partners Mihail Mihailov from PMI Bulgaria and Igor Mrzlikar and Miha Lenic from PMI Slovenia to bring the most out of this time together to accelarate project’s objectives.

Event though our key experts and co-beneficiaries continuously meet online to evaluate the progress and to provide input for project’s outputs being in one room makes and team spirit brings a great deal of productivity.  As in previous workshops, each project expert worked on different part of the practice guide in Slovenia. Algın Erozan and Igor Mrzlikar worked on introduction and planning phase of practice guide, Mihail Mihailov worked on closing phase, Bülent Gümüş worked on initiation phase, Gökçe Phillips and Miha Lenic worked on execution chapter.

Project members achieved a better understanding and agreement and they made significant progress on the practice guide in Slovenia.

Soft Skills for Startups and Project Managers

Soft Skills for Startups and Project Managers was held on December 7 at Ankara Limak Hotel. This event was organized by PMI Turkey and its EU project Outspeed Startup.

The event started with the opening speech of Eren Akdur (President of PMI Turkey 2020). Then, Dr. Gökce Phillips, project technical leader in Outspeed Startup, talked about the Outspeed Startup project. She mentioned about what the project has done so far and the future plans of the project.

After Gökçe Phillips’ speech, Mertcan Gül made a presentation about Soft Skills in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and he shared his opinions and experiences about it.

At the second part of the event, Dr. Bülent Gümüş, key Expert in Outspeed Startup, held Design Thinking Workshop. Design Thinking, which is regarded as an important methodology in project management and it consists of define, ideate, prototype and test. The participants tried to carry out these stages practically in two sessions.

The event was helpful in terms of increasing the awareness of the project management and participants were very pleased to practice the Design Thinking

Workshop in Sofia

Outspeed Startup project partners came together in Bulgaria to carry out their fourth workshop. The workshop was held in Sofia on 16-17 October. Outspeed Startup project experts Bülent Gümüş,Gökçe Phiilips and Algın Erozan from PMI Turkey, Mihail Mihailov and Todor Todorov from PMI Bulgaria and Miha Lenic from PMI Slovenia participated in the workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, the whole team made an assessment of the progress of the project. Then, the project team was divided into groups and all groups worked on the Startup Project Management Practice Guide.

On the second day of the workshop, the project partners continued to work on the Practice Guide and also they planned the future events of the project.

As a result, during these two days, the project partners made plans for the practice guide which was planned to ıssue and they have decided to evaluate these in the next workshop.

Design Thinking Workshop in Sofia

Dr. Bülent Gümüş, Outspeed Startup Project Key Expert, held a Design Thinking workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15 November 2019. Around 30 project managers and experts from various sectors attended the workshop.

Dr. Gümüş, after introducing the Outspeed Startup project at the beginning of the workshop, shared the fundamentals of product/service design and the design thinking approach. Dr. Gümüş mentioned about the stages of Design Thinking which are define, ideate, prototype and test in his presentation.

Workshop participants, later, worked on a simple hands-on project to “design the ideal wallet” using the Design Thinking principles. Participants learned the importance of getting “insights” about the customers, generating many ideas rather than only one idea and getting early and frequent feedback from the customers. They also understood the value of “showing” rather than “telling” the design solution to the customers to get better feedback.

The workshop was beneficial in terms of increasing the awareness of human-centered design approach and the importance of these types of approaches in the success of startups.

The Third Outspeed Startup Workshop Was Held In Istanbul

Outspeed Startup project partners met on 26-27 October in Istanbul for third workshop. Outspeed Startup project experts Bülent Gümüş, Gökçe Philips and Algın Erozan from PMI Turkey, Mihail Mihailov from PMI Bulgaria and Miha Lenic from PMI Slovenia participated in the workshop.

The project partners started the workshop by reviewing the progress of the project and they updated the risk analysis of the project. Then, the project team was divided into two groups to work on different chapters of the Startup Project Management Practice Guide. The first group was composed of Gökçe Phillips, Algın Erozan and Miha Lenic and the second group was composed of Bülent Gümüş and Mihail Mihailov.

The first group worked on the Planning phase of the practice guide and the second group worked on the Introduction chapter of the practice guide. At the end of the first day, a short review of the day’s work was performed, and next day’s plan was updated by the whole team.

On the second day of the workshop, the whole team worked together on Methodology, Canvas, Project Charter, Execution and Initiating of the practice guide.At the end of the workshop, the team discussed the next steps and updated the plan for the future events.

Project Management in the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem at Istanbul Technical University

Project Management in the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem was held on October 11 at Istanbul Technical University. Algın Erozan, project expert in Out Speed Startup Project, made a presentation about it.

Algın Erozan talked about concepts in startup ecosystem, opportunities and challenges which was created by startup ecosystem. He also mentioned few PM tools such as Risk Management, PERT and Stakeholder Management.

Startups and incubator managers participated in the event.Thus, they were informed that project management can be an important factor in startups success. Algın Erozan also touched on the main problems faced by startups  and they mostly agreed on risk management, access to smart money and identifying the work packages being the main issues faced by the startups.

The event was helpful in terms of increasing the awareness of the startups in project management and participants were very pleased to learn about project management.

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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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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