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THE 120 GSD STANDARDS

Business Agility. It’s what every organization wants but is increasingly difficult to achieve. In over our two decades of research and practice we have not found a single standard, silver bullet, or panacea in existence that enables true Business Agility. So we invented it.

The 120 GSD Standard makes Business Agility possible through the mastery of the 7 Change Disciplines:

  • Leadership
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • Project Team Demand Management
  • Agile / Product Management
  • Change Management
  • Program Management

It is the curation of proven frameworks and outcome-based learnings into one simple, actionable standard that’s certifiable and adoptable. The standard itself is agile, constantly adopting proven practices as they’re proven out by start-ups and Fortune 1000 organizations.

Agility vs Agile

Agility is a property of an organization to sense and respond to market changes and continuously deliver value to customers.  

Agile is an organizational approach and mindset defined by the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto, often practiced through a framework like Scrum.

Project Leadership Program (120-PLP)

(14 Weeks of Online Instructor-Led Training)

Price of the course: $2,500

The 120 Project Leadership Program (PLP) trains Project Teams to deliver transformational change—without any positional authority. We teach best practices that ensure efficiently, cost-effectiveness and near 100% adoption rates on day one. It also incorporates the latest thinking in Leadership best practices.

The PLP delivers how-to, real-world instruction on the latest best practices being used by our Professional Services teams to execute enterprise-wide projects for our Fortune 500 clients.

The PLP was developed in collaboration with respected researchers, academics, and subject-matter experts.

This online program combines weekly assignments, online learning community interaction, bi-weekly instructor-led classes, and quizzes; the combination of reading, sharing ideas, critical thinking, lecture, and quizzes reinforces learning and enables students to execute upon best practices.

There are two weeks of assignments and learning community interaction between each online instructor-led class. Assignments should take 2 – 3 hours per week. There is a total of 8 two hour instructor-led classes, the entire program is 14 weeks.

Project Leadership Certificate (120-PLC)

(200 questions, 90% to Pass)

Cost to take the exam: $500

Project Manager, 120PLC, Los Angeles, Average Salary: $125,000

With the rapid adoption of the 120VC’s GSD Standard, organizations are increasingly seeking individuals versed in those standards. This certificate validates that the holder has attended and maintained a high level of engagement during 14 weeks of how-to training taught by a 120VC Certified transformation leader. This certificate also validates that their in-depth knowledge of that standard has been rigorously tested. Our Project Leadership Certificate exam is 200 questions, and requires a 90% or better to pass.

This certificate serves Project, Program, and Portfolio Leaders as organizations expect them to be able to drive change with a high degree of competence. The power of a consistently applied GSD standard enables, Program and Portfolio Leaders to lead, quality-assure their Project Leaders, and make fast, agile, data-driven decisions to re-allocated resources across their Portfolio. The outcome is the ability to ensure that the maximum number of projects and valuable business outcomes are achieved each year for the funds available.

Candidates must complete the 14 week Project Leadership Program before applying to take the exam.

120VC Certified Enterprise Project Leader (120‐CEPL)

(Minimum 9 Month of OJT Oversight & Weekly Performance QA)

Average Cost: $12,000

Project Manager, 120CPL, Los Angeles, Average Salary: $140,000

Requirements:

  1. Obtain the 120VC Project Leadership Certificate | 120-PLC
  2. Complete an entire Project Lifecycle and have a 9 month Project Review history with 95% average or better
  3. Obtain a recommendation from the assigned 120VC Practice Leader indicating the candidate demonstrates a high degree of professionalism, can competently carry out the duties of a 120VC Project Leader and is an ambassador of the 120VC Project Management Standard.

120VC Certified Program Leader (120‐CPgL)

(Minimum 9 Month of OJT Oversight & Weekly Performance QA)

Average Cost: $12,000

Project Manager, 120CPL, Los Angeles, Average Salary: $160,000

Requirements:

  1. Obtain the 120VC Project Leadership Certificate | 120-PLC
  2. Master the Project Review process under the supervision of a credentialed 120VC Practice Leader
  3. Pass 2 Project Review audits from 2 different 120VC Certified Program Leaders – obtain a recommendation from each
  4. Pass an oral Project Review exam
  5. Obtain a recommendation from the assigned 120VC Practice Leader indicating the candidate demonstrates a high degree of professionalism, can competently carry out the duties of a 120VC Certified Program Leader and is an ambassador of the 120VC Portfolio Management Standard.

Program Leadership Certification Maintenance

  1. Must maintain a Project Review average of at least 95% on assigned projects
  2. Must conduct 20 hours of 120VC instructor-led project management training each year (equivalent to five sessions).
  3. Pass Project Review Audits.

Compare Certifications

PMI Training PMI Cert 120VC Project Leadership Program (PLP) 120VC Project Leadership Certificate (120-PLC)
Prerequisite: PLP
120VC Certified Enterprise Project Leader (120‐CEPL)
Prerequisite: 120-PLC
120VC Certified Program Leader (120‐CPgL)
Prerequisite: 120-CEPL
Time to complete 35 hours 14 Weeks 9 months 9 months
Investment $2,500 $544 $2,500 $500 $12,000 $12,000
Average Salary Los Angeles: $94,145 Los Angeles: $125,000 Los Angeles: $140,000 Los Angeles: $160,000
Working Knowledge of the Project Management Framework X X X X X X
Working knowledge of Project Management Vocabulary X X X X X X
Working Knowledge of Project Management Theory X X X X X X
Certifies that you have memorized vocabulary and theory, but not how do actually do something. X
Step by step instruction on how to define a project X X X X
Step by step instruction on how to plan a project X X X X
Step by step instruction on how to lead a Project Team and Executive Stakeholders to success X X X X
Step by step instruction on how to assess risk, develop bullet proof solutions, and make real time decisions to control the project end date and cost X X X X
Step by step instruction on how assess, evaluate and lead scope change X X X X
Step by step instruction on how Enterprise Project Management, Agile/Scrum, & Demand Management work in concert and fit into the Program and Portfolio Layers X X X X
Step by step instructions on performing multi-million dollar budget accounting and risk management X X X X
50% of the curriculum focuses on the mastery leadership tecniques based on proven social psychological beliefs that motivate innovation X X X X
14 weeks of how-to instruction on the latest Project Management and Leadership best practices being used by our Professional Services teams to execute enterprise-wide projects for our Fortune 500 clients X X X X
Instructed by Project and Program Managers that use the techniques taught to deliver global transformational projects for our fortune 100 clients X X X X
Techniques taught are proven to deliver near on-time, on-budget with near 100% end user adoption on day one 98% of the time at 120VC. These results are twice that of the industry average X X X X
Requires a minimum 9 months of On-The-Job application of the standards taught and examined, and includes weekly qualitative reviews that measure competency, customer experience, and Project Outcomes X X
Weekly qualitative reviews are conducted by a 120VC Certification holder X X
Certifies that you have proven the mastery of the how-to standard on the job, and delivered a complex project succesfully while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction X X
Certifies that you can "Get Shit Done" - GSD X X

Online Training

The flexibility of online program combines weekly assignments, online learning community interaction, bi-weekly instructor-led classes, and quizzes.

Onsite Training

The onsite classes can be custom tailored to meet your organization’s maturity level and are all complimented by workbooks for the modules you choose.

On The Job Training

When hired at 120, leaders are assigned to projects for on the job application of the 120 Standard and are measured for competency, customer experience, and project outcomes.

"I've been a project manager for 20+ years, and this is the best course I've ever been through for thoughtful, practical, and respectful applications of knowledge and skills that this discipline requires to be successful."

– Maria Page

Online Project Leadership Program (PLP)

"Jason Scott is an excellent teacher and has project managed at the highest levels of corporate America. This course is a masterclass in understanding how to succeed in those environments and it's loaded with excellent readings, videos, and other materials that you will refer back to (and can use to impress your colleagues) for the rest of your career."

– James Burk

Online Project Leadership Program (PLP)

"By the end of this course, I developed a new confidence in my ability to lead. I finally found the people who care about others as human beings and not just as potential profits and losses. The great twist here is that leading in this way creates incredibly functional, productive teams and the best outcomes for all stakeholders. Being able to sleep at night feeling good about my interactions with others AND being a successful Project Leader? I’ll take it! I am 100% sold on the 120VC way."

– Jenny Thomas

Online Project Leadership Program (PLP)

Online Training

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The 120VC online Project Leadership Program (PLP) provides how to instruction on the latest best practices being used by our Professional Services teams to execute enterprise-wide projects for our Fortune 500 clients. It also incorporates the latest thinking in Leadership best practices.

We developed the PLP in collaboration with respected researchers, academics, and subject-matter experts. We curated the program material from hundreds of books, articles, theoretical frameworks, and best practices that represent the best thinking in both the leadership and the project execution communities today.

This online program combines weekly assignments, online learning community interaction, bi-weekly instructor-led classes, and quizzes; the combination of reading, sharing ideas, critical thinking, lecture, and quizzes is meant to reinforce the learning and enable the student to execute upon best practices.

There are two weeks of assignments and learning community interaction between each online instructor-led class. Each week’s assignments should take 2 – 3 hours weekly. There is a total of 8 two hour instructor-led classes, the entire program is 14 weeks.

120VC’s Onsite Project Management Training is built from our proven (How-To) project management standard. All of our classes are taught by Certified Program and Senior Project Managers that use the 120VC Standard daily to drive their client’s projects forward as aggressively as possible.

The onsite classes can be custom tailored to meet your organization’s maturity level and are all complimented by workbooks for the modules you choose. Participants also receive a full copy of the Irreverent Guide to Project Management which was developed to capture the best practices we used while completing large Enterprise Projects for our Fortune 100 clients.

Our 12 learning modules can be pulled from to create a single onsite class or a full course depending on your organization’s needs.

Onsite Training

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On The Job Training

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At 120VC, project reviews are the foundation of our rigorous on-the-job training program, which recognizes that the most effective learning results from reading, explanation, demonstration, and on-the-job application. Studies show that on-the-job training results in high quality more quickly, with more time spent managing projects and less time in a classroom.

When hired, Project Managers are immediately assigned to projects. During their first two weeks they are expected to study the Guidebook cover to cover and apply the principles to their projects in an effort to begin developing a basic understanding of our Project Management Standard. Their first Project Review is conducted during their second week on the job.

During the weekly Project Reviews the Program Manager evaluates the Project Manager’s understanding of the instructions in the Guidebook through review of their completed work. The Program Manager can then provide targeted instruction specific to the current Project Management deliverables, ensuring a high degree of comprehension and retention.

As our Project Management Standard is built on the PMI’s framework the time spent in Project Reviews qualifies for the Professional Development Units (PDUs) that are necessary for our Project Managers to obtain and maintain their PMP® certifications.