Project management is often referred to as the "accidental profession." It evolved from the huge projects no one wanted to manage. Today, it is a respected field with its own tools and methodologies. Learn how to make these tools and methodologies work for you and your business by experiencing this highly interactive yet practical workshop. Our Project Management workshop is based on practices from the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) which is published and maintained by the Project Management Institute.
As a result of attending this workshop participants will:
Workshop Length: 2 days (can be customized down to a 1 day version)
Section 1 – Course Introduction/Objectives
Section 2 – What is Project Management?
Section 3 – The Project Cycle
Section 4 – Measuring Success
Section 5 – Building Good Working Relationships
Section 6 – Tools and Techniques
Section 7 – Monitoring and Controlling
Workshop Module Descriptions
Section 2—What is Project Management?
The successful accomplishment of project goals and results require that someone manage the project. This section of the course explores the definitions of "Project" and "Project Management" and defines the nine knowledge areas of Project Management. It also addresses the key skills needed to successfully project manage which gives purpose to the other subjects discussed such as communication, managing conflict, leadership and problem solving. The purpose here is to answer the question, "What is expected of a project manager in the duration of the project?"
Section 3—The Project Cycle
This section begins by looking at a case study about a project manager and her dilemma in managing a key project. This case study sets the stage for understanding critical aspects of managing projects and getting buy-in from team members to work on the project. This section then outlines the four phases of a project cycle beginning with the "Concept Phase." In each phase, the list of activities and tasks performed during that phase are discussed and compared to what is actually done in the participants' organizations. The purpose is to understand what to plan and implement for your project to be a success.
Section 4—Measuring Success
In the planning stage of the project cycle, a list of criteria for measuring overall success of the project, as well as requirements to measure successful completion of each monitored task, should be established. This section explores what that criteria would be. Situational Analysis provides a list of critical aspects common to most projects. It allows for the project manager to assess what information is known and unknown about the project and how the unknown information might impact the project. It gives opportunity for the project manager to list alternatives to obtain information needed but not initially received.
Section 5—Building Good Working Relationships
The effective management of projects depends on the project manager's use of the appropriate leadership style. He or she must adopt a style that motivates and empowers team members. The relationship building begins with the first meeting of the project team. The subjects covered in this section are crucial to managing people.
Section 6 — Tools and Techniques
This section provides the participant with an opportunity to develop some of the tools used in project management.
Section 7 — Monitoring and Controlling
Once you have base-lined your project the next step is to implement it. The project must be monitored and controlled to maintain budget and schedule. In this section the participants are familiarized with the terms, Fast Tracking, Crashing, Redefining Dependencies and Use of Float. Also the Risk Management Plan is revisited. There is an exercise using an Activity Network Diagram, Gnatt Chart and Status report for small groups to discuss what their strategies would be to get back on schedule if it were their project.
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