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American Management Association

How to Successfully Execute a Project Plan

Jun 27
Online
USD 279
Oct 24
Online
USD 279

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Description

Are you ready to exceed project expectations and deliver results?

Project management seems so straightforward—if everyone does their part. But changing requirements, competing priorities, and unexpected surprises often delay even the most thought-out project.

Learn how to deliver results no matter what comes up. In less than 3 hours you’ll get techniques to manage change requests and negotiate with stakeholders to prevent delays. Equip yourself with the skills to deliver the expected results on time and on budget.

What You Will Cover

  • Track critical information that could make or break the project
  • Develop and deliver status reports to your project sponsor
  • Manage scope creep requests from stakeholders effectively
  • Make your project meetings productive
  • Zero in on crucial action items and issues that need to be addressed
  • Manage change throughout the project.
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Weatherhead School of Management

Project Execution: Organizing Team and Time Resources

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Oct 17—18
2 days
Cleveland, OH, USA
USD 1390
USD 695 per day

Description

Complex projects can easily derail due to communication problems, time uncertainties, and lack of coordination among firm resources, thus inhibiting productivity and innovation throughout the organization. This workshop starts with discussion of the merits of parallel development where various contributors cooperate rather than work independently. We will present effective methods for organizing a project team with the right level of autonomy in making decisions, so as to maximize success.

Subsequently, we will introduce a framework called Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) for detailed planning and implementation. CCPM puts you in control of project implementation for on-time completion by coordinating firm resources, timely planning and execution of uncertain activities. Participants will learn how to apply this methodology in the context of their own organizations with techniques that create a supportive culture and motivate performance. Through lecture, group work and case studies, participants will learn the keys to effective project execution.

Topics

Introduction

  • Common project challenges
  • Pitfalls of traditional accounting in evaluating projects
  • How human behavior impacts projects

Organizing the Project Team

  • Parallel and serial project development
  • Determine the degree of project autonomy
  • Distributing project authority and responsibility
  • Determining the right project leader
  • Setting up a successful project team
  • Project Auditing to find improvement opportunities

Project scheduling

  • Constructing and using project charts
  • Managing activity durations
  • The critical path
  • Critical chain project management
  • Introduction to Microsoft Project®

Creating a culture to support the right outcomes

  • Nurturing an attitude towards on-time execution
  • Using Appreciative Inquiry to elevate expectations
  • Motivating performance

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will:

  • Learn about different organizational structures for executing projects
  • Learn frameworks to identify the most appropriate organizational structure for a new project within the context of the firm
  • Distribute authority and responsibilities so as to maximize chances of success
  • Audit projects currently in progress and eliminate barriers to progress
  • Learn how to develop project plans that are relatively insensitive to expected delays
  • Identify and coordinate critical resources and activities in order to avoid unnecessary project delays and cost overruns
  • Explore motivational techniques that foster timely execution of work

Who should attend

Engineers, general managers, human resource managers, and managers of small and large companies or nonprofit organizations.

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