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The challenge in creating a training program for project professionals is in offering the scope of knowledge that can help all project team members thrive and excel. This article discusses how organizations can develop training programs that accommodate the needs of a wide range of project team members, from highly experienced veterans to newly hired college graduates. In doing so, it identifies the critical factor involved in shaping a training program; it explains the concept informing the intensive, weeklong training program that the global energy company BP provides to its project managers, noting the advantages and possible shortcomings of using this type of training approach. It then describes the critical responsibilities that organizations have in developing training programs and that project team members have in participating in these training programs. Accompanying this article is a sidebar identifying three ways in which experienced project managers can help mentor less experienced project team mem
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