From project management essentials to problem solving and decision making, our project management courses build strong management teams to drive company growth.
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Advanced Project Management
Participants must be actively involved in project management and have managed one or more projects. A basic understanding of initiating, planning, executing, closing, and managing projects is required. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of the Stages and Gates Process.
Advance Project Management builds on the basic practice of project management. The focus is on advanced techniques for initiating, planning and executing larger, more complex projects. The course includes lecture, discussions, exercises and small team interactions to reinforce and apply the ideas and techniques presented.
- Developing a communications plan
- Managing crucial project conversations with customers, sponsor, stakeholders and team members
- Understanding and managing expectations
- Understanding and meeting gate requirements
- Go/No-Go at gates
- Killing bad projects
- Minimizing scope creep
- The search for perfection versus is it good enough
- Adapting to scope change
- Instituting a change control process
- Improving time estimating
- Managing to the critical path
- Managing multiple project interfaces
- Root causes of delays: external suppliers and partners, technical complexity, changing requirements
- Understanding resource needs
- Planning resource acquisition
- Managing conflicts for resources
- Understanding the business, costs, and profitability
- Financial metrics in the Stages and Gates Process
- Calculating Net Present Value
- Cost of the Project versus Cost of the Product, Product Cost Ceiling
- Technical and commercial risks
- Identifying and assessing project risks
- Developing risk management plans
- Managing project risk
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Problem Solving and Decision Making
Problem Solving and Decision Making discusses the process and challenges technical professionals and managers face in making timely decisions. It is a one-day workshop providing participants with tools and tactics for working with real world problems in a professional environment. This class is a catalyst for better idea generation and provides analytical tools for problem definition, solution evaluation and selection.
The workshop is highly interactive, combining demonstrations and brief discussions of key learning points with individual and group “hands-on” problem-solving exercises to reinforce learning and build confidence. The day is designed to help participants solve problems and make decisions to bring better value to their organizations and customers. Participants apply the processes and tools presented by working on real world and case study problems throughout day.
Introduction: What is a “problem” and what does it mean to “solve” one? – Participants will see new perspectives on problem identification and solutions.
Verification: Tools and tactics for problem definition – Whether defining a “problem” or an “opportunity”, problem solvers must understand fundamental parameters and assumptions about the situation. This section explores methods to quickly gather and organize relevant information about a problem.
Identification: Heuristics for alternative solution generation – Introduces participants to techniques for generating a wider range of solutions. These tools improve both the quality and quantity of alternatives available to the problem solver.
Selection: Evaluating alternatives – The intersection between problem solving and evidence based decision-making is the analysis of different options. Several approaches will explore, including advantages, disadvantages and pitfalls.
Execution: Implementation considerations – How to implement decisions for maximum effectiveness and organizational learning.
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Project Management Essentials
Project Management Essentials using a mix of presentation, group interaction, and case studies, this powerful course gives you and your team the common framework, skills, methodology, and language to generate the accountability and superior results you know are possible. It gives you access to real data – not just opinions or “gut feelings” – that you can use in your interactions with project sponsors and customers, to negotiate and set expectations for achievable results.
After successful completion of the workshop series participants will:
- Understand basic concepts, skills, and techniques needed to define, plan and manage projects
- Have applied these skills and techniques to case study projects and situations in class
- Be better prepared to define, plan and manage projects in the real world
- Have improved project and task definition and estimation skills
- Understand the basics of scheduling and risk management
- Share a common project management language with their peers
Iniate Project Team Acquisition
- Project Sponsor
- Project Manager/Leader
- Project Team
- Identify Project Stakeholders
- Validate the Project Definition with Sponsor
- Establish Project Norms and Policies
- Create the Work Breakdown Structure
- Develop Preliminary Project Schedule
- Refining estimates of work and cost
- Optimize the Project Plan
- Develop Risk Management Plan
- Measure Results and Progress
- Identify and Analyze Variances
- Plan and Manage Corrective Actions
- Report Project Status
- Project Retrospective
- Reward, Recognize, and Celebrate
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Project Management: Executive Overview
Have you received results from your project teams and been disappointed in what they did? You thought you had clearly communicated your expectations, yet the team did not provide what you expected. How can you get the most from your project teams? Using a mix of presentation, group interaction and exercises, this powerful course gives you the methodology and language to generate the accountability and results you know are possible. It includes highlights from “Project Management Essentials” that will help you understand what your project teams are learning and how you can use it, as a project sponsor, to set expectations for achievable results.
- Introduction – Project Team Simulation Exercise
- Portfolio Management, Project Selection, Assigning Projects Based on Business Imperatives
- The Project Management Model
- Roles of the Sponsor, Project Manager and Project Team
- Project Team Planning Meeting
- Project Reporting, Change Management, Project Reviews