Journey of PLOT
Why I started PLOT?
Every high school prepares their students for several careers. With a combination of self-directed learning and experiential learning through team projects, teachers in high schools prepare their students for entering college.
While students are not taught the basic principles of managing their personal and professional life by applying project management and agile principles, how can these students maximize learning that should occur and continuously improve?
My experience as a parent led me to believe that most high school teachers don't even know the project management as a profession, let alone the benefit from using it to maximize the learning outcomes for students.
Even parents focus only on STEM as the main foundation. They fail to recognize the principles of prioritizing initiatives, managing time, engaging stakeholders, working with teams, addressing risks, building quality, and managing costs. How are their children poised for continuous success, then?
It was painful for me to see students waste the precious resource of time by enter colleges without knowing what they want or even not having a game plan in their junior years.
This is why I started PLOT. To provide young generation in their 9th - 12th grade with life saving skills that these disciplines offer.
Benefits to Youth
There are some of the benefits that I have heard from learners that have taken my course.
Learners manage priorities and claim gaining more time by managing their time effectively.
Learning develop checklists helping them submit assignments meeting teachers expectations and claim having received more points.
Learners use several techniques to critically think and have mentioned using them to their benefit in debate clubs, college essay writing, etc.
Learning to manage stress will help reduce anxiety and have claimed effective management of their college application process.
Learners claimed putting risk management principles during the pandemic as well as managing themselves better.
Learners claimed working better with other team members and manage their individual goals to meet the team confidently.
PLOT: Beyond Testimonials ...
Check Testimonials from students
As a high school graduating senior, PLOT changed me a lot. I used it effectively to organize myself better in my college application process.
The Story of PLOT
Dr. Rajagopalan's initiative to introduce project management as a life skill .
Review Case Studies
1. NASA introduced the project management principles for undgergraduate and high school students through its HUNCH program to stimulate interest in STEM initiative. Read the case study.
Zhan, W. & Morgan, J.A. (2013, Jun 23-26). Proejct Management for Undergraduate and High School Students. 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Retrieved Sep 12, 2020, from
2. Washington State introduce project management skills in high schools and soon expanded it as 2-year curriculum throughout the state training teachers to teach & apply project management principles.
Garfein, S. J. & Noeldner, J. (2011). Washington State breakthrough: project management for high school students. Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2011—North America, Dallas, TX. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.
3. PMI Education Foundation and PMI Delware Chapter partnering with Philadelphia School board to introduce project management seeing positive benefits in adopting 21st century skills.
Byrne, J. J., Snyder, J. R., & Seward, D. (2008). Project management's future: teaching project management to high school students. Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2008—North America, Denver, CO. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.
4. Check out the global efforts across many countries in many high schools introducing project based learning applying project and agile principles.
(PMIEF (n.d). Leaders for future. Retrieved Sep 10, 2020, from
This curriculum is designed to introduce project management principles including basics from both the linear and adaptive project management framework.
This course is a 10-week course that
Covers the five process groups of project management (PM) framework.
Gives overview of the tools and techniques used for the critical PM knowledge areas
Introduces the adaptive framework to organizing work for productivity
Helps you with organizing yourself and contributing to any project.
Incorporates project-based learning with an individual and a team-based component.
Learners will need to have between 2 to 4 hours every week. The anticipated spread is as follows:
~1 hour of reading from the book, watching suggested videos, and completing assigned assessments on Google Classroom
~1 hour of class time on Google Meet as noted above
~1-2 hour of working with the other team members for the project outside the class
It covers nine critical knowledge areas that are pivotal to managing oneself better to contribute to any project or lead any project. Focusing primarily on the student learners, the course aims for students to use these skills in their practical academic and extra-curricular so that they can become better as they complete school assignments, prepare for colleges, and aim to gain gainful employment.
There will two main components in this course.
The first component is working individually with the student learner to come up with one or two important goals that they can either achieve or have a game plan to achieve by adapting the project management principles.
The second component introduced team-based project work for learners to develop their skills to contribute, manage, and lead a project.
For more details, go to the Course Mall and check out PLOT Jr Course.
With the challenging times we currently live requiring social distancing and remote educational learning, PLOT will also move to an asynchronous, online, self-paced, virtual delivery so that the concepts can be learned without a project based learning. This will serve as a refresher as well as help reach those that can't attend classes due to timezone and remote challenges.
Transitioning further into Agile approaches, the class will also expand to offer principles of agility expanding on agile and lean thinking. This will be an add-on to PLOT Jr as we roll into PLOT Sr.
Please stay tuned for more updates.