Summer 2021: Explanation of Mentor Chains® Lead Roles

Eligibility

  • Project Leads & Technical Leads: Open to college students and junior professionals.

  • Project Management Leads: Open to all applicants.

Soft Skills Development

  • Mentor Chains® Leads: Leadership, Mentoring, Team Building, Project Management, Delegation, Constructive Feedback, Compassion

  • Mentor Chains® Participants & Leads: Teamwork, Virtual Collaboration, Diverse Teams, Time Management, Lateral & Strategic Thinking, Presentation, Confidence

Note: External presentation opportunities are offered first to leads.

Responsibilities

Project Lead (focus on product vision, strategic plans and roadmap)

  • Work with Technical and PM Leads to finalize all project decisions
  • Work with Technical and PM Leads to monitor technical and people aspects. Make dynamic adjustments as needed.
  • Communicate all project needs to STEM-Away team
  • Plan & execute Team Showcasing
  • Optionally collaborate with other Project Leads to create a stronger final product
  • Contribute to brainstorming meetings with STEM-Away Domain & PM Experts

Technical Lead (focus on domain expertise)

  • Decide technical content of the project
  • Create project timeline along with PM lead
  • Assess technical expertise of team
  • Decide team structure/ groups along with PM lead
  • Monitor progress of project from technical point of view, make dynamic adjustments as needed
  • Create videos/ hold webinars as needed to explain key technical aspects
  • Contribute to brainstorming meetings with STEM-Away Domain Experts

Project Management (PM) Lead (focus on execution)

  • Decide collaboration framework
  • Select PM methodology and tools
  • Create project timeline along with technical lead
  • Decide team structure/ groups along with technical lead
  • Use PM best practices corresponding to the selected PM methodology to run the team of 8-15 students.
  • Contribute to brainstorming meetings with STEM-Away Project Management Experts

Applicable STEMCasts®:




Summer 2021 Application Sitemap

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Additional note based on FAQ: Student leads are strongly encouraged to participate in the projects themselves. It is a chance to work simultaneously on technical skills and leadership skills.

However, if students applying for Project Management Lead roles wish to focus more on leadership and PM skills, that is fine.