Many of us recognize that the most important challenge in our jobs today is the management of various projects. These challenges may include managing clients, new research projects, initiating a new employee recruitment campaign, the creation of a new program or a new product launch. Whatever your projects are, they require you to have sound project management skills.
This skill-based workshop offers a practical ‘starter kit’ for participants in the form of tools and insights. Participants have the chance to delve not only into the solid principles of project management, but to put these principles into practice.
During the first two days, fundamental project management principles and techniques are addressed. The principles are based on the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK®Guide), and are being successfully applied to projects of all sizes and types within the business world. Techniques are applied through simple tools and templates that can be immediately applied to your job to address real life project situations.
Following the classroom sessions a third day is offered for those wishing to explore the use of Microsoft® Project as a valuable ally in developing a project plan. Participants have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to create and monitor a project in a ‘hands-on’ laboratory setting.
- Project Strategy and Initiation
- Challenges in project management
- Preparing the project ‘kick-off’
- Strategy, people, and processes as pillars of project success
- Team building – a key project management skill
- Preparing the Project Plan
- Risk assessment and planning
- Mapping out stakeholder ‘positions’
- Managing time/resource/cost trade-offs
- Project change control
- Managing progress and the status review process
- Project closeout and lessons learned
- Use of templates for scalability and uniformity
At the end of this 2-day workshop participants will be able to:
- Develop a Project Charter and Project Plan
- Identify the stakeholders and meet their expectations
- Define the scope through work breakdown structures
- Balance time/resource trade-offs
- Manage project risk
- Handle conflict through effective communications
- Motivate team members
Following Day 3 participants will be able to use MS Project to:
- Create a project structure to support top-down planning and reporting
- Identify and manage the ‘Critical Path’
- Adapt various MS Project ‘views’ of project data
- Filter and Sort Project data
- Develop resource specific ‘calendars’
- ‘Resource Level’ tasks to balance dual ‘resource constraints’ and ‘time constraints’
- Set cost and schedule Baseline