Reduce Project Duration, Minimize Cost and Optimize Project Goals and Objectives!
This two-day course provides a unique combination of skills development and tool/technique utilization critical for Project Success. First gain a solid foundation in PMIs Project Management Framework. Then acquire the skills to use the best emerging, cutting edge Project Management tools and techniques available.
You will learn how to:
- Gain improved understanding of the projects mission
- Clarify project requirements
- Prevent costly miscommunication
- Create more accurate estimates and schedules
- Accurately identify project stakeholders
- Improve day-to-day control of the project
- Increase the ownership of team members
- Develop better relationships with clients and management
- Competently apply the project management process
- Identify areas in need of improvement within your organization
- Gain insight into the people side of projects
- Apply effective tools to analyze project risks
Clarity of purpose
is not only the key ingredient necessary for successful corporations and sports teams, its also what gives projects a firm, stable foundation upon which subsequent project knowledge, tools and techniques are built. A perfectly executed project is still a failure if it went in the wrong direction. Projects must have line of sight to some mission. Successful companies and organizations have it and so must you.
Suddenly all work is project work and the ratio of functional-to-project related duties seems to have done a flip-flop. As the percentage of project related work reaches nearly 80% for even non-project oriented associates, the need for a guiding process by which to do more with less has never been greater. The use of a formal and sound project methodology provides our teams with a road map and enables quicker ramp-up time, more accurate estimates regarding cost and duration and greater fulfillment of project goals.
As change agents we must lead as well as manage our projects. This requires a unique balance of skill, the right tools and an ability to develop relationships through knowledge and communication. Successful projects typically have teams motivated by ownership and a sense of contribution. Every team member can be a leader with the right knowledge and tools.
In-class exercises help you identify and examine first-hand problems that you may be experiencing. Through group effort, you and your peers will discuss ways your department or company should be handling problems up front, and how you can utilize project management tools and techniques to optimize project success. Specifically:
- Personality profiling.
- Participants review a pre-prepared case study, recognize the key issues and develop a project charter.
- Based on the previous project charter, groups use cause and effect tools and work to define project requirements.
- Participants utilize additional case study information and apply valuable planning tools including: A work breakdown structure, specific estimating techniques, as well as scheduling and work flow tools such as network diagrams.
- Groups will apply qualitative and quantitative risk analysis tools to anticipate possible risks to project execution and the fulfillment of project objectives.
- Participants are challenged by the introduction of a potentially negative situation and work to minimize its impact on their case study project.
21 Immediate benefits of this course
- Break the bad habits that may have been instilled by a multi-tiered agile approach.
- Appreciate the challenges of a project team and its manager.
- How to qualify a body of work as a project.
- Realize the need for line of site to some mission.
- Gain insight into the people side of projects.
- See project results as interdependent systems.
- Understand and apply the project triangle.
- The ability to define a successful project.
- Identify and prioritize project stakeholders.
- Define team roles and responsibilities.
- Estimate project durations more accurately.
- Qualify the necessary amount of project plan detail.
- Negotiate for win/win contracts.
- Recruit better team members for optimum results.
- Apply effective tools to analyze project risks.
- Create an effective communication plan.
- Recognize project trends and know when to respond.
- Define and understand critical project terminology.
- Reduce the tendency for scope creep.
- Identify opportunities for project templates.
- Increase the residual benefits of lessons learned.