by Andrew Ysasi July 7th, 2021
Those who chose the life of a project manager are no strangers to challenges, opportunities, success, and learning moments. Agile has been part of many of our lives for at least a decade. Agile changed the project management community making the unknown manageable, especially in the software development world. Agile also helped create alarms and warning signs early in a project that trouble was brewing. However, at some point, Agile may lose its luster, not have the buy-in, or needs a kickstart. That is when Flow comes in.
The best analogy I can use for Flow is this. Remember the story when the professor asked students if a jar of rocks was full? When the students said yes, the professor poured sand into the jar and asked the question again. Another yes reply from students. Then the professor poured water into the jar. Flow is the water to your Agile program when you think it is complete. The experience of the Kallman brothers, the story of the Nehemiah effect, and leadership principles are the core of the Flow program.
The Flow program consists of three designations. The Flow Certified Professional (FCP), Flow Certified Coach (FCC), and Flow Certified Trainer (FCT). In the FCP training modules hosted on Moodle, Andrew Kallman narrates the presentations spread across 48 modules with quizzes to test your knowledge. An experienced professional can get through these modules in a few days. For those new to Agile, it could take a week to get through the course. Aside from the investment in a few books, all you spend is your time. The FCP program is free, and there is a fee to be certified of €250 once you complete the program. One can then continue to pursue the FCC or FCT. Organizations can significantly benefit from their project managers completing the Flow program. Even if you don’t fully use Agile, the course provides 18 PDU’s towards your Project Management Institute professional development.
If you are looking to improve your leadership skills and improve your project management program, check out the Flow program. Last, this review would not be complete without a shout-out to his brother Ted Kallman, who unexpectedly passed away on Christmas Day in 2019. Ted was a talented practitioner and trainer on the art and science of Project Management, and he continues to give back to the profession, along with his brother Andrew through the Flow program.
To inquire about the Flow program, check out the site here.