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Project Management of Talent Development Initiatives

Thursday, August 7, 2014
  • Quality implementation of talent development initiatives is essential to organizations who value their investment in human capital. By using the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), talent development projects can be more effective and efficient. 

    The PMBOK Guide provides an excellent framework to enable short-term planning and support long-term strategic objectives. It looks at projects from the initiation through closure with respect to key domains and knowledge areas, such as cost, time, scope, being performed throughout the project life cycle.

    There are several specific talent development initiatives that using this approach be helpful, including:  

  • onboarding and new hire orientation programs
  • competency development of technical or behavioral skills
  • coaching and mentoring events
  • individual or team performance evaluations
  • job transfers or relocation
  • off-boarding and succession plans
  • training and experiential learning activities
  • documenting and recording compliance.

Looking at each initiative as a project with specific deliverables enables an organization to more effectively measure and monitor their progress towards goals. As the saying goes: "If it is worth doing, it is worth measuring." Remember: It's not just about training people, it's about verifying the level of learning that has been applied to the job and the payback the organization has been realized.

To learn more about this topic, the International Institute for Learning ( is hosting a free one-hour webinar, Project Management of Talent Development Initiatives, on Friday, August 15, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. EST .You can register at

About the Author

Willis H. Thomas, PhD, PMP, CPT, earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) certification from the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI). He is the author of the PMI award-winning publication The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned and The Basics of Achieving Professional Certification: Enhancing Your Credentials. He has been a featured presenter for International Project Management Day and has delivered courses to thousands of students around the globe. Thomas formerly served on the board of directors of the ATD Dallas Chapter.

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