New virtual programme at Rambøll impresses

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The case in short:

The challenge

  • The untapped potential within Ramboll’s internal project management programme
  • Low attendance rate for in-class modules due to both time and financial costs

The solution

  • Close collaboration between Rambøll and Mannaz in streamlining and optimising the project management programme – without compromising on quality
  • Intensive programme with 9 training sessions of two hours, digital learning space and a final case exam
  • Improved use of digital options by implementing a 100% virtual programme

The results

  • Larger teams – more participants in each programme
  • Reducing time consumption by half while maintaining the same outcome
  • Satisfied participants

The challenge

Optimising the project management programme

As one of the world’s leading engineering and consultancy companies, Rambøll has a great emphasis on project management. Every single day, talented project managers from across the world help lead projects to success. But one does not make it as far as Rambøll by simply resting on one’s laurels.

Realising the potential

Rambøll spotted unfulfilled potential within the training of project managers despite having already established tailored educational programmes.

The challenge was particularly obvious in terms of the attendance rate during in-class training, which is a part of the existing Rambøll project management programme. Rambøll experienced that several international project managers consciously chose not to participate in the in-class modules in Denmark, as the costs were perceived as problematic both in financial expenditures, but also in time taken away from the actual project.

New digital possibilities

Rambøll went into thorough consideration on how to solve this problem with help from Mannaz. There had to be a way to streamline and shorten the programme without compromising on quality. Considering that Rambøll simultaneously had a strategic vision for improving the use of digital opportunities, the solution was obvious: The programme needed to be 100% virtual.

The process

Pure knowledge and no wasted time

The programme has been completed by several groups of international project managers.

Considering that the programme has already been cut to the core, it has been essential to ensure that participants show up prepared to avoid any wasted time. The participants are therefore divided into groups, where one person takes on the project management role by arranging group assignments and ensuring that all participants are prepared for the virtually facilitated sessions.

Evaluation and final exam

Halfway through the course, there was an evaluation with the managers of the individual participants and relevant colleagues as well as an assessment of the participants’ preliminary feedback.

The programme is completed with an exam in the form of a case-based assignment, which includes 5-7 course elements, which are then implemented in the participants’ own projects.

The solution

100% virtual programme with an emphasis on core competencies

Mannaz was not facing an easy task. Rambøll wanted an entirely virtual programme for project managers, which maintained a high level of quality, but was completed in half the time.

The emphasis was to prioritise the content of the programme, and in close collaboration, Rambøll and Mannaz defined the most essential competencies for a project manager at Rambøll. After this, the programme was cut to the core and streamlined, and so it was ensured that the process maintained its emphasis on these core competencies.

Closer collaboration

At the same time, Mannaz realised that an intensive virtual programme with fewer and shorter virtual sessions provided the opportunity for closer collaboration with the project managers. This made it possible to incorporate the project managers’ own cases into the educational material.

Mannaz refers to this approach as their “Explore-Engage-Apply” model, which provides the participants with the opportunity to explore the material digitally, engage in the content in virtual collaboration, and apply the content in their everyday lives.


The new programme has the following phases:

  • Preliminary alignment of expectations – with both participants and their managers
  • Nine training sessions of 2 hours and preparation in a digital learning space
  • On-going collaboration on cases and dilemmas
  • Final case-exam

The results

Improved results in half the time

After the first virtual programme in project management, Mannaz measured the results as always. And the new virtual programme impresses.

In both the pre-and post-test as well as in the job test, which measures desired change in behaviour, participants were at the same level or higher as when completing the former programme model at Rambøll.

The conclusion is obvious

The outcome of the programme remained intact or was even improved within half the number of hours. That result comes from focused prioritising of the programme in terms of core competencies, an emphasis on including the participants’ own organisation and dilemmas, and the virtually facilitated sessions, which are delivered in shorter sessions over a longer period of time compared to the former programme. This provides participants with several opportunities to use their new knowledge in their everyday lives, even during the execution of the programme.


Rambøll’s new virtual project management programme delivers:

  • Equivalent or even improved results with a 100% virtual programme
  • Reducing time consumption by half while maintaining the same outcome
  • A streamlined programme focused on core competencies
  • Larger teams – more participants in each programme
  • Savings in travel and time expenditures
  • Satisfied participants

Get in touch

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Vice President, Projects & Programmes
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