NAVMISSA Fundamental Course Hones Success for New Project Managers

Story Number: NNS120605-24Release Date: 6/5/2012 9:06:00 PM
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From Navy Medical Information Systems Support Activity Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- The Project Management (PM) Fundamentals course developed by Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity (NAVMISSA) is now open for registration for the upcoming course in August.

Specifically tailored for project managers, the PM course introduces active duty officers, civilian personnel, and contractors to the basic processes, documentation, tools, and techniques they will use to supervise and administer assigned duties at NAVMISSA.

"The course used to be only for internal NAVMISSA, but due to demand over the past year the course has been requested by personnel from outside the organization. The January course consisted of over 25 personnel representing Navy Medicine, Army, the VA, and other DoD organizations from all over the U.S," said Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Wilson, NAVMISSA Program Management Office director.

"NAVMISSA is committed to providing the Navy Medicine community with the highest quality project management and Information Technology services. Well-trained PMs who are versed in industry best practices are critical to NAVMISSA accomplishing its mission," Wilson said.

According to Wilson, new medical, nursing, and medical services officers assigned to NAVMISSA have little acquisition or project management experience. They must quickly develop the skills and learn the processes they will need to manage Navy Medicine Information Technology projects competently.

The PM Fundamentals course is a 15-hour, instructor-led course, based on the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge and NAVMISSA's standardized project management processes.

The NAVMISSA PM Fundamentals course is not only helping NAVMISSA personnel, but is also assisting other Department of Defense organizations. By leveraging technology such as Defense Connect Online (DCO), NAVMISSA is able to provide PM Fundamentals training across the globe.

Recently, a PM Fundamentals course offering included nearly 20 online students from Bethesda, Md., San Diego, and F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Students were able to follow the slide presentation over DCO while participating in course discussions over a telephone bridge connection. This resulted in a potential cost avoidance of thousands of dollars while still providing high-quality project management training.

Lt. Cmdr. Dan Maley, NAVMISSA director of Administration, said NAVMISSA is also using certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs) from within (the command) as training teachers to help cut down on expenditures. PMPs from supervisors to frontline project managers and project management consultants, are now sharing their unique project management experiences while teaching the course's nine modules. These PMPs bring real-life project management experience into the classroom to help students connect PM concepts with their daily work activities and future PM responsibilities.

"Well planned and managed projects efficiently and effectively improve Navy Medicine IT capabilities. The NAVMISSA PM Fundamentals course drives value back to the Navy Medicine Enterprise by enabling PM success while maintaining a cost effective model for training delivery," said Dan Quaderer, NAVMISSA Program Manager and PM Fundamentals course developer.

For more information on NAVMISSA's PM Fundamental course, contact the NAVMISSA PMO at

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