Faculty: Sean Milligan
Program: Project and Program Management
Course: RPJM 119 The Human Side of Project Leadership
Awards: 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award, RABB School of Continuing Studies
Education: Brandeis University, M.S.
Bio: Sean J. Milligan, MS, has over twenty-five years of experience in managing enterprise projects and resources in a number of industries. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member of the South Florida chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) He is currently the Global Director of Professional Services for a company specializing in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions for for the food and beverage manufacturing industry, and resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sean received his M.S. in Project and Program Management from Brandeis in November of 2014, and is also a certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner.
Sean specializes in leadership throughout the personal, team, and organizational layers of Project Management and service delivery, as well as the human dynamics inherent in a collaborative approach to meeting demands of stakeholders and organizations. While Project Management has evolved from a scientifically driven approach to a people-focused mindset as a result of a shift in human factors, Sean’s focus on these factors brings a more holistic approach to leading teams and projects.
Why is this course important or valuable to a PPM student?
Project Management has evolved over the years and requires much more than the science of project plans, risks, issues, etc. Project Managers must now become people leaders and incorporate the art of leading without a direct line of authority. The Human Side of Project Leadership course gives students valuable insight into the human and team dynamics that make for successful projects and happy stakeholders. Adding this layer of insight enables Project Managers to achieve the valuable balance between project objectives and people objectives.
Why do you enjoy teaching this course?
I enjoy teaching the Human Side of Project Leadership course because of the fantastic “a-ha” moments that I get to witness throughout the course. The course strikes a balance between individual introspection and observance of others in specific scenarios that create a valuable awareness of how individuals and teams operate, and because students are participating in team assignments, they get to see these real-life scenarios play out before them. Students learn so much about themselves as leaders that it easily translates into how they view and lead others, which is fun to see.
Anything else you would like to share with a prospective student?
Get ready to interact with and learn a LOT about your fellow students in this course!
For more information on the Project and Program Management MS or other online master’s degrees available at GPS, please visit brandeis.edu/gps.
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