No real experience in teaching youngsters but I did have to explain to my 12 year old brother the elements of Project Management.
My theory was focused on 3 key components;
- Implement the plan
- Monitor the processes
To illustrate these points to him I use the example of a Chef in a restaurant which has been given the project of delivering a special menu for a particular event.
1. Planning - The Chef brakes down the event to identify the end customers, their food preferences, quality expectations, number of customers attending the event, available assets (food, appliances...)
Once all components of the project have been put together the Chef gathers the team and proceeds to:
- Assign Workloads
- Create timelines
- Supply Chain and Set Up Logistics
2. Implementing the plan - At this stage the Chef needs to ensure that all his/her staff understand what they are responsible of doing, when, and how. Elements included in this phase are:
- Sourcing and Purchasing
3. Monitor the processes - Finally the Chef (PM) needs to stablish robust mechanisms to monitor processes and supervise groups to ensure the completion of the meal on time for the event and according to the requirements of the customers.
This could be an example to use with kids aged 10-14. I actually think that adding Risk Management, Budgeting and the financial aspects of a project would be well received by kids from 15 years old on since, quite often, this group starts managing their on finance at this age, and can have certain appreciation for financial constraints.
Good luck with them!!