Project Management is a two-day Program that is part of a series that allows managers to improve the performance of their work unit through developing their project management skills. Participants leave the Program ready to lead their project teams to success. This Program enables managers to apply cutting-edge techniques that culminate in achieving improved business results. Participants gain practical project management tools and techniques and acquire a model to follow when managing a project. The Program empowers a project manager to provide the needed focus and learn how to work with his or her key employees so that they can excel as the trainers for employees new to the task. The Program is intended for managers, technical leaders, and other personnel who lead project teams.
- Why Project Management?
- Identifying the Project.
- The Project Statement of Work.
- Organising the Project Team.
- Managing Risk.
- Planning the Project Quality Dimension.
- Planning the Project Time Dimension.
- Planning the Project Cost Dimension.
- Controlling Work in Progress.
- Monitoring Project Performance.
- Taking Corrective Action.
- Completing the Project.
Why Project Management?
Identifying the Project
- Understand how project management developed.
- Describe how project management differs from other management principles.
- Clarify the importance of project management.
The Project Statement of Work
- Demonstrate how ideas evolve into projects.
- Work effectively with your sponsor to thoroughly understand your project assignment.
- Write a Charter Statement.
- Understand the significance of establishing the supporting authority needed as a project manager.
Organising the Project Team
- Understand the nine elements of a Statement of Work.
- Stay alert to the fact that “scope creep” is the dominant obstacle to successful completion of a project.
- Make changes, guided by a specific process, to the Statement of Work.
- Define the roles and responsibilities for each team member.
- Facilitate the initial project team meeting.
- Gain agreement on how to resolve differences.
- Create a Project Communication Plan.
Planning the Project Quality Dimension
- Identify the inevitable risks associated with all projects.
- Recognise possible ways to respond to risk.
- Differentiate between Project Risk and Process Risk.
- Utilise tools for assessing risk.
Planning the Project Time Dimension
- Understand the quality dimension of project management.
- Use the Project Work Specifications and Work Breakdown Structure.
- Discover the need for subject-matter experts to complete a Work Breakdown Structure and the Project Work Specifications.
Planning the Project Cost Dimension
- Estimate the amount of time needed for steps of work in the project.
- Practise a method to determine the proper sequencing of the steps in a project.
- Use a Gantt Chart and Project Schedule efficiently.
Controlling Work in Progress
- Identify the basics of costing a project.
- Define the typical cost components.
- Effectively use a Project Costing Worksheet.
- Accurately assign costing and scheduling responsibilities.
Monitoring Project Performance
- Distinguish between informal and formal project controls.
- Identify controls for a project.
- Place controls on the project to ensure attainment of quality, cost, and schedule dimensions.
- Use project control tools to effectively assess the status of a project.
Taking Corrective Action
- Identify why a project manager needs to effectively monitor results if he or she wants to achieve the project goals.
- Identify and apply the four skills required of a project manager when monitoring a project.
- Conduct Interim Progress Review Meetings.
Completing the Project
- Identify the actions to take to keep a project in balance.
- Identify other sources of differences or conflict in a project.
- Resolve differences or conflicts in a project.
This Program is designed to enable Participants to achieve the following Outcomes:
- Use the three keys to successfully completing a project.
- Use the Project Manager’s Tool Kit back on the job.
- Apply what you learned in the Program by trouble shooting a project case study.
- Create a Transfer Plan outlining how you will apply what you learned back on the job.
- Properly visualise the entire project management process before beginning a project.
- Value the importance of a vision and charter statement to establish your authority in leading a project.
- Effectively manage a project with a stakeholder agreed-upon statement of work that is diligently referred to in order to avoid scope creep.
- Effectively manage the risks that are inherent in all projects through prepared responses and utilising tools designed to assess risk factors.
- Create the product your project was established to deliver by incorporating the right people and using specific, effective project management tools.
- Develop a realistic project schedule based on good management principles.
- Value the project costs issues and diligently apply a process to forecast and monitor the project’s cost while it is in progress and avoid overruns.
- Exercise appropriate controls for a project to ensure attainment of specific project parameters.
- Demonstrate effective monitoring skills and conduct Interim Progress Review Meetings that acquire positive results and keep the project on schedule.
- Skilfully integrate a corrective action policy and plan to regain control and momentum if a project is out of balance due to process or people issues.
- Successfully complete a project, based on agree-upon criteria and by following agreed-upon processes used during the project.