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Project Management Workshop

Bring our three-day Project Management Workshop to your company to develop the insights and skills professionals need to define, plan, and assign work; obtain meaningful commitments; coordinate project efforts; monitor and evaluate results; manage risk; and critically evaluate budgets and schedules. Participants will apply these insights and practical skills to project situations during individual and group exercises.

Goals

  • Breaking large or complex efforts into manageable assignments, including the proper use of Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
  • Planning, estimating, scheduling, and budgeting work
  • Measuring and controlling cost, schedule, and technical performance
  • Monitoring, documenting, and reporting project progress and problems
  • Managing changes and re-planing work when necessary
  • Establishing and using contingency allowances wisely
  • Winning management support and obtaining necessary resources
  • Ensuring customer and management satisfaction
  • Anticipating and managing risk
  • Simultaneously managing multiple projects and activities

Topics

Principles of Project Management

  • Defining projects and project management
  • Understanding the project manager’s roles and responsibilities
  • Keeping the team focused on the project’s objectives
  • Managing stakeholders’ expectations

Planning the Project

  • Identifying project objectives
  • Analyzing  and establish project requirements
  • Developing the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Scheduling the tasks and key milestones
  • Utilizing precedence analysis for scheduling
  • Creating the task relationship network
  • Identifying and managing the critical path
  • Cost estimating techniques
  • Developing detailed budgets and resource allocation plans
  • Selecting appropriate software project management tools

Exercise: Project planning simulation

Managing the Project

  • Key elements in executing the project plan
  • Anticipating and managing project risk
  • Identifying and managing the critical chain
  • Measuring, monitoring, and reporting project progress
  • Improving and managing project communications
  • Managing customer requirements and changes
  • Controlling work-in-progress

Exercise: Applying the principles and tools to actual participant situations

Building and Leading an Effective Project Team

  • Properly assigning people to project tasks
  • Effectively leading teams
  • Obtaining continued management support to maintain team resources
  • Motivating the team to perform at the highest level
  • Managing ‘virtual teams’

Exercise: Managing project personnel through difficult situations

Project Organization

  • How organizations influence project performance: power, politics, policies
  • Organizing through the product life cycle
  • Projects in the corporate organizational structure: project, functional, matrix
  • Organizing your project
  • Managing projects in different cultures and various industries

Case study/exercise: Project leadership and organization culture

Special Applications

  • Managing multiple projects
  • 'Virtual' projects
  • Subcontract management
  • Phase-gated projects
  • Establishing and using a Project Management Office
  • Applying project management practices in diverse industries and departments

Who should attend

Senior managers, project managers, business analysts, and technical professionals wanting to improve their project management skills.

Available at your location

Contact us now to set up this customized course to be delivered at your location. Our subject matter experts will work with your company to customize a course or program to meet your specific needs.

Instructors

Chris Christensen, PMP, Rick Hefner, PhD, Ken Preston, DBA, Michael Sturgeon