Effective project managers use proven practices to manage the key resources of people, process, and knowledge. In this two course series (part 1 Manage Yourself, Your Team, Your Organization and part 2 Manage Your Work), participants will be provided with the tools and skills needed to ensure that all of their projects are successful. They will learn how to manage a project from beginning to end and will have the chance to put into practice their newly acquired skills. They will work on actual projects, learn to develop a team, outline project scope, and project program outcomes. Always tailored to company needs—may be presented as a complete 24-hour class or separately.
Manage Yourself, Your Team, Your Organization (8 hours)
This section is the shortest yet in some ways it is the most important. Participants will concentrate on establishing the role of the project manager as the Proactive Leader who will deliver what they have committed to – on time, on budget, and to the agreed upon objectives (Measures of Performance). The result of this module will be a project manager who will be confident they can lead a team to project success. Participants find equal applicability to goal achievement in personal and work settings.
Manage Your Team
This module will focus on the seven keys to effectively select and manage a project team. A team is a collection of individuals who need one another to succeed. Unfortunately, project teams frequently consist of individuals who are unable to succeed because they do not know how to work together and they may arrive with different or even conflicting agendas. Project timelines do not usually permit haphazard, gradual, or "natural" formation of these individuals into a high performing team.
Many projects also have what we call extended team members – vendors, consultants, or suppliers. This requires additional management expertise in order to establish appropriate agreements, build relationships, and monitor work to ensure successful completion. "Manage Your Team" explains the critical steps a project manager can take to quickly build and maintain a high performing extended team.
Manage Your Organization
Appropriate accountability and authority make effective project management possible. There are precise keys to success in the accountability and authority one holds with: project staff, peers, supervisors, project sponsors, steering committees, suppliers, and vendors. In addition, successful project management requires the ability to influence others with whom one has no direct accountability and authority. Those relationships require skillful application of reinforcement, constructive criticism, and behavior analysis.
Manage Your Work (16 hours)
The backbone of project management is planning, scheduling, and controlling. There are well-established principles, tools, and techniques for taking these critical elements to a professional level of expertise. From the management of small to complex projects, participants will find a proven approach to shorten project duration, manage communication, report status, and keep the project on track for on time and on budget delivery.
- Describe and recognize the critical elements of a correct project measure of performance.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify the major deliverables required to achieve a project’s measure of performance.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop a project scope statement that will provide clarity and reduce the chance of scope creep.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding and use of the common techniques for planning and scheduling project work.
- Demonstrate the ability to calculate the critical path for a simple project.
- Demonstrate methods for compressing the time required to complete a project.
- Describe the benefits of establishing a project baseline.
- Describe the critical elements of risk identification, mitigation, and control.
- Describe a method for managing project changes.
- Describe methods for developing and implementing project lessons learned.
Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a certificate showing the number of contact hours to apply toward eligibility to sit for a Project Management Institute Exam.