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Storytelling That Delivers Program and Project Outcomes

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5 weeks
199 USD
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Self-paced Online
5 weeks
199 USD
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Course description

Storytelling That Delivers Program and Project Outcomes

Program and project managers are master storytellers. They have to be in order to weave high-priority information into a memorable narrative for their people. Customers must commit to and understand their goals, and how the program is meeting them. Stakeholders need to trust the direction and stay engaged with the program intent. Program and project teams and leaders, need to understand what matters and how their work connects to the greater whole.

Storytelling is not a part of the Project Management Institute, Inc's (PMI) "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge'' (PMBOK). Storytelling is not something that Certified Associate In Project Management (CAPM), Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), certified scrum masters, or other certified project manager credential holders will encounter on an exam. Storytelling is something that successful program or project managers learn from years of experience. If storytelling is not on the PMP exam or similar project management certification exams, why should you bother learning how to tell good stories?

Because, human brains are naturally designed for stories. We have brain structures devoted to making sense of the world in cause-effect terms. Good stories are like flight simulators in that you can try out various approaches to a problem before tackling the real problem. Risk management for programs and projects is more effective when using compelling narratives. Stories are also effective ways to transmit large amounts of information to your project teams and stakeholders. People can remember more information and act effectively on that information. For agile project management, stories are how customers communicate their requirements to the agile project team. Stories are the foundation of persuasive communication and will help you become an expert communicator.

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Training content

Week One - The Structure and Components of Stories

  • Module One - What is a Story?
  • Module Two - How Do Stories Work?
  • Module Three - Structuring Your Stories
  • Module Four - Becoming a Proficient Storyteller

Week Two - Telling the Program or Project’s Story

  • Module One - The Program or Project Vision as a Story
  • Module Two - Creating a Memorable Vision Story
  • Module Three - Reporting Status with Stories
  • Module Four - Negotiating with Stories

Week Three - Risk Management Through Storytelling

  • Module One - The Basics of Effective Risk Management
  • Module Two - Converting Risk Management Practices into Stories
  • Module Three - Telling Risk Management Stories
  • Module Four - Teaching Your Team Risk Management First Aid Stories

Week Four - Managing Stakeholders with Stories

  • Module One - Analyzing Your Stakeholders
  • Module Two - Finding Stories that Resonate
  • Module Three - The Different Types of Stories for Projects and Programs
  • Module Four - Using Stories to Capture Lessons Learned for Programs

Week Five - Storytelling with Data (Bonus Module)

  • Module One - The Power of Data in Your Stories
  • Module Two - Converting Data Analysis Into Stories
  • Module Three - Making Data Stories Understandable through Metaphors
  • Module Four - Presenting Data Charts Effectively

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The University of Maryland, College Park, a partner institute of EdX.

3-5 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$199
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • Explain the structure and components of stories.
  • Create a vision and status stories for your project or program using common story structures.
  • Utilize stories to help you better manage risks on programs and projects.
  • Use stories to help you in negotiations and managing stakeholders.

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