Project Leadership Development

Focused on the practice and development of Project Management and Leadership skills for managers, executives and professionals at all levels who work on projects, influence projects, are impacted by projects, or who lead projects and project teams.

Project Management Fundamentals Workshops

 

Project Management Basics – 1-day workshop

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to basic principles of project management and proven techniques for success. Core concepts and steps in project management planning help participants understand a big picture view of project management processes. Participants apply these principles and techniques to small sample projects and create links to their own projects.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Describe how three project constraints interact
  • Understand the role of the project manager
  • Set project objectives and scope
  • Generate a list of activities necessary to complete the project
  • Define the sequence of work
  • Identify resources needed and assign responsibilities
  • Develop time estimates
  • Evaluate risk and planned purchases
  • Prepare project timelines
  • Create a communication plan
  • Track and manage project progress

Effective Project Management – 3-day workshop

This workshop will walk the participant through the full complement of knowledge and skills that a program manager would need including the business environment, portfolios and programs, the program management life cycle.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Identify the benefits of project management, program management, the PMO, and portfolio management
  • Determine how projects are strategically link to an organization’s goals
  • Define program management processes
  • Initiate a program
  • Plan a program
  • Execute a program
  • Monitor and control a program
  • Close a program
  • Establish a program management office

Leading and Influencing Projects – 1-day workshop

This workshop focuses on competencies that are necessary to lead and manage a project successfully. You know that project management processes are terrific for getting organized and for developing a repeatable method for handling projects. But projects are successful because people make it happen. How do project managers tune up their skills to step beyond managing a project to become a leader?

This workshop helps you understand your own leadership style and develop skills essential for navigating project challenges. You will learn how to create a project vision and help teams achieve maximum performance.

In this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Assess your project environment
  • Perform a stakeholder analysis
  • Develop team roles and responsibilities
  • Discover your own and others preferred communication style
  • Use techniques to build project team cohesiveness
  • Gain commitment from team members and other stakeholders
  • Use a variety of techniques to communicate
  • Develop strategies to resolve conflict
  • Lead project team members who do not report directly to you
  • Take actions to influence a project’s successful completion
  • Design a plan to improve your leadership skills

Project Leadership

 

Project Risk Management – 3-day workshop

This workshop focuses on how to manage and communicate about risk in your project. Projects are unique and their outcomes uncertain, therefore the project manager has only one chance to do it right. Effective risk management through the use of tools presented in this course will improve chances for successful project results. The workshop is interactive and participants will apply techniques through scenario analysis, case studies, discussion, and other experiential techniques.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Use a variety of risk management tools and techniques
  • Build a risk management plan
  • Define risk averse and risk seeking behavior
  • Identify project risks
  • Evaluate and prioritize identified risks
  • Understand the requirements for performing quantitative analysis
  • Assess risks using a variety of qualitative and quantitative tools
  • Develop response plans for the most important risks
  • Create a tool for tracking risk events

Managing Key Stakeholder Risks – 2-day workshop

This workshop builds on participants’ understanding of the fundamental concepts of risk and communications management and applies those specifically to stakeholders. Stakeholders in projects may come from many sources and directions, and they may hold conflicting ideas, attitudes, preferences, and judgments. On many projects, problems arise because of confusion, errors, and mix-ups among key stakeholders or between the project manager and key stakeholders. Project managers who do not spend sufficient time understanding and communicating with stakeholders will encounter significant risks on their projects.

The goal is to significantly reduce risks arising from stakeholders. Participants discover concepts, tools, and ways to manage stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes. They apply these principles and techniques to sample situations and create links to their own projects.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Identify key project stakeholders
  • Perform and document a stakeholder analysis
  • Identify risks related specifically to stakeholders
  • Analyze key stakeholder risks
  • Develop appropriate responses for stakeholder risks
  • Document a risk management plan
  • Create plans to communicate to stakeholders
  • Manage issues related to stakeholders

Problem Solving and Decision Making – 2 to 3-day workshop

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to problem solving and decision making. The course walks through basic steps of problem solving and helps participants understand the stumbling blocks to good decision making. The course is very experiential and interactive with numerous exercises. Participants work in teams on one of their own projects or a sample project to apply some of the tools and techniques studied in the course.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Describe hidden hurdles to effective problem solving and decision making
  • Use various techniques to define a problem
  • Develop objectives to be used as decision criteria
  • Identify multiple alternative solutions for a problem
  • Use structured techniques to evaluate alternatives
  • Use the problem solving process for time limited decisions

Earned Value Concepts and Techniques – 2-day workshop

Combining project scope, schedule, and cost is the best way to evaluate project progress and determine estimates at completion. This workshop introduces participants to earned value concepts that are widely used and accepted as ways to plan and manager projects. Participants will establish a baseline and develop effective measurement techniques. They will learn to calculate earned value metrics, and apply methods to calculate estimates at completion (EAC) for all types of projects.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Identify planning activities necessary for earned value management
  • Define earned value terms
  • Select appropriate techniques to measure earned value
  • List earned value formulas
  • Calculate earned value variances and performance indices
  • Analyze results of earned value calculations
  • Calculate estimate at completion using three different techniques
  • Calculate the To Complete Performance Index
  • Develop communication techniques to share performance information

Leading and Influencing Projects – 2-day workshop This workshop focuses on competencies that are necessary to lead and manage a project successfully. You know that project management processes are terrific for getting organized and for developing a repeatable method for handling projects. But projects are successful because people make it happen. How do project managers tune up their skills to step beyond managing a project to become a leader?

This workshop helps you understand your own leadership style and develop skills essential for navigating project challenges. You will learn how to create a project vision and help teams achieve maximum performance.

In this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Assess your project environment
  • Perform a stakeholder analysis
  • Develop team roles and responsibilities
  • Discover your own and others preferred communication style
  • Use techniques to build project team cohesiveness
  • Gain commitment from team members and other stakeholders
  • Use a variety of techniques to communicate
  • Develop strategies to resolve conflict
  • Lead project team members who do not report directly to you
  • Take actions to influence a project’s successful completion
  • Design a plan to improve your leadership skills

Leading Projects in the “New Normal” – 1-day workshop After the economic trials of the last several years, some senior managers are looking for a return to “normal.” But that no longer exists. The “new normal” is indicated by volatile economic and business cycles and represented by a state of constant change.

This course will highlight the keys to how senior project managers can overcome the struggles of this “new normal” and continue to deliver successful projects to their organization. Attendees will focus on the skills that are necessary to reach the next level of project proficiency. These are the same competencies they will need to help their organizations evolve, grow, and thrive.

In this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Develop a project vision
  • Communicate effectively throughout the project
  • Gain commitment from team members and other stakeholders
  • Develop strategies to resolve conflict
  • Manage change throughout the project
  • Take actions to influence a project’s successful completion

Managing Stakeholder Expectations – 1-day workshop Managing stakeholder expectations was a new addition to the PMBOK® Guide in 2008, but savvy project managers have always understood the need to keep stakeholder interests in mind. This workshop will lay the groundwork for what you need to know to be ready to manage stakeholder expectations and will follow with tips and techniques to help your projects run more smoothly.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Identify key stakeholders
  • Develop a power and interest matrix to analyze stakeholders
  • Use techniques to set expectations with stakeholders
  • Respond to stakeholders during project execution

Strategic Project Portfolio and Program Management – 2-day workshop

This workshop helps participants focus on managing their project with a view of its place in the whole organization. It introduces the differences among project, program, and portfolio management, and a project management office (PMO).

In the workshop, participants will learn the importance of prioritizing projects in an organization and how grouping them as programs can significantly improve the benefits realized by the organization. This workshop focuses on understanding the role of the program manager and the basic building blocks of leading a program.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Identify the benefits of project management, program management, the PMO, and portfolio management
  • Determine how projects are strategically link to an organization’s goals
  • Establish a prioritization process
  • Group related projects as programs
  • Rank programs based on strategic needs
  • Allocate and apply resources
  • Improve the prioritization process

Managing Business Process Improvement Projects – 2-day workshop

This workshop focuses on the challenges and specific approaches project managers must employ to effectively implement a business process improvement (BPI).

BPI is founded in the concepts of continuous process improvement and relies on a methodology to plan, analyze, design, develop, and transition to a new process. BPI can be performed within all levels of the organization. It requires technical knowledge, strong negotiation skills, effective communication techniques, and the ability to realize change to make a successful transition to new processes. Participants will explore concepts, tools, and methods that are specifically used in managing BPI projects.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Create a project vision
  • Document the AS-IS business process
  • Design a TO-BE business process
  • Analyze processes to determine which ones are valued-added and non-valued added.
  • Identify strategies to improve communication and leadership skills on their own BPI projects

Gathering Requirements in Lean Times – 1-day workshop

This workshop focuses on gathering project requirements effectively as a foundation for managing expectations and objectives of stakeholders. Projects must deliver value to organizations. In today’s times, organizations no longer have the luxury of excessive resources in terms of people or budgets and project teams can’t afford to experience waste. Critical to minimizing waste is the effective gathering and delivery of requirements to the project team.

In this hands-on, experiential workshop, participants will learn how to define requirements and validate them with the customer early in the process and how to regularly assess the validity of those requirements against project objectives – significantly increasing the probability of project success. Participants will explore concepts, tools, and methods that are effective for gathering requirements and those supported by both Project Management Institute (PMI®) and the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA®).

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Define project success
  • Identify the difference between a requirement and a specification
  • Define requirements with the customer
  • Utilize a requirements traceability matrix
  • Design tests to validate requirements
  • Determine the appropriate validation technique

For the Project Executive

 

The Executive’s Role in Project Success – 1-day workshop

This workshop will help participants understand what is required of executives to ensure that projects meet customer needs and company profitability goals. Critical success factors focus on helping executives do the right thing and use their time effectively when managing programs or a portfolio of projects.

This course is designed to show you how senior level managers can help their project managers become more successful. To do this, we will examine the reasons for project failure before the project starts, during the planning process, and during implementation. You will discover concepts, tools and methods to manage programs, client requirements and project managers to achieve positive outcomes.

In this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Create an environment for project success
  • Describe the benefits of formally selecting and prioritizing projects
  • Clarify the role of the project manager
  • Support the project
  • Be an effective project sponsor

In this workshop, participants will learn to direct project managers in:

  • Identifying project constraints and the primary project driver
  • Setting project objectives and scope
  • Generating a list of tasks necessary to complete the project
  • Determining the sequence of work
  • Identifying resources needed and assigning responsibilities
  • Developing time and cost estimates
  • Preparing project timelines and budgets
  • Creating a communication plan
  • Monitoring project progress and managing changes

The Executive’s Role in Project Risk Management – ½-day workshop

This session highlights the roles and responsibilities of executives in project risk management. Part of the executive’s role is to insure, that project managers identify, prioritize and manage project risks. Another component is to establish the organization’s attitude and tolerance for risk. The goal is to help senior level managers focus on the aspects of project risk management where they can have the greatest impact in making the project successful.

This course is designed for participants to apply strategic thinking to project situations. To do this, they will examine the reasons for project failure and identify steps to establish a robust environment for managing risk. They will assess risk analysis performed on a project and the viability of risk responses. They will consider appropriate oversight requirements for risk management during the project life cycle.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the effects of inadequate risk management
  • Understand the risk management process
  • Identify roadblocks to successful risk management
  • Create an environment for successful risk management
  • Understand their role in evaluating and controlling project risk

Executive Overview of Earned Value – ½-day workshop

This workshop introduces participants to earned value concepts that are widely used and accepted as ways to plan and manage projects. Combining project scope, schedule, and cost is the best way to evaluate project progress and determine estimates at completion. Participants will establish a baseline and develop effective measurement techniques. They will learn to calculate earned value metrics, and apply methods to calculate estimates at completion (EAC) for all types of projects.

In this course participants will learn to:

  • Identify planning activities necessary for earned value management
  • Define earned value terms
  • Select appropriate techniques to measure earned value
  • List earned value formulas
  • Calculate earned value variances and performance indices
  • Analyze results of earned value calculations
  • Calculate estimate at completion using three different techniques
  • Calculate the To Complete Performance Index

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