Improving Your Project Management Skills: the Basics for Success

MCE

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  • 4 days
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Individuals who are new to project management, “accidental” project managers (i.e. professionals for whom project management is secondary to their jobs), business analysts, subject-matter experts from any field who contribute to projects, managers responsible for projects and experienced project managers looking to review current tools, techniques, and processes.

About the course

Build a solid foundation of project management knowledge, techniques and tools.

You have been assigned to manage a project or you are participating in a project as a team member. You probably have heard or read a lot on project management. However, how do you structure the project, how do you plan it effectively and how do you take control over its implementation? How able are you to establish and explain the scope, schedule, cost and quality of your projects? How do you measure progress and success against those factors?

As the business world grows more competitive, organizations find it necessary to take on an increasing number of projects. Unfortunately, these same organizations often don’t have skilled project managers to handle the work. In this programme, you will learn and practice the critical tools and techniques that have been proven necessary for project management success. In lectures, discussions and exercises, you’ll cover the essential aspect of managing projects.

While aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) framework, this programme is specifically designed to focus on the practical application of concepts. You’ll return to work with the knowledge and tools you need to get your projects started right and completed successfully.

How will you benefit?

After taking this programme, you will be able to:

  • Ensure that your projects are set-up for success from the start
  • Learn the basics for effectively gathering and documenting requirements
  • Understand the role of the project manager, business analyst, and others in managing projects
  • Develop an integrated project plan including realistic scope, schedules, budgets, and risks—and turn that plan into successful action
  • Learn how to effectively track and report on project progress
  • Gain the respect of your project team and build credibility with top management
  • Network and learn from a diverse group of peers from different functions, industries and countries
  • Develop a personal action plan to implement back at work
  • Learn and practice using real-world examples and role plays over 3 interactive days

What will you learn and practice?

This 4-lesson programme is highly interactive with exercises.

LESSON ONE

The Project Management Framework

  • Define the Basic Project Management Framework
  • Describe Key Project Management Terminology
  • Explain the Triple Constraints (Project Triangle)
  • Differentiate Between Operations and Projects
  • Describe Project Management in a Business Context

Initiate the Project

  • Discuss How Projects Are Initiated
  • Describe the Difference Between Project Requirements and Product Requirements
  • Discuss the Purpose and Content of a Project Charter
  • Discuss the Purpose and Content of a Product Requirements Document
  • Use the SMART Model When Writing Documents

LESSON TWO

Initiate the Project (cont’d)

  • Discuss How Projects Are Initiated
  • Describe the Difference Between Project Requirements and Product Requirements
  • Discuss the Purpose and Content of a Project Charter
  • Discuss the Purpose and Content of a Product Requirements Document
  • Use the SMART Model When Writing Documents

Identify the Work

  • Discuss the Purpose of a Kickoff Meeting
  • Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Estimate the Work

  • Discuss Guidelines for Making Better Estimates
  • Demonstrate the Use of Three-Point Estimates

LESSON THREE

Schedule the Work

  • Describe Task Dependencies
  • Identify the Sequence of Tasks
  • Develop a Project Schedule

Create the Budget

  • Determine the Personnel Costs for a Project
  • Determine the Out-of-Pocket Expense Costs for a Project
  • Differentiate Between Bottom-Up and Top-Down Cost Planning, and State Which Is More Appropriate for Different Situations

LESSON FOUR

Complete the Plan

  • Create the Project Communications Plan
  • Describe the Project Risk Management Process
  • Describe the Purpose of the Project Procurement Plan
  • Discuss the Purpose of Reserves

Execute the Plan

  • Create a Project Status Report
  • Describe the Key Elements Required to Determine Project Health
  • Describe How to Run an Effective Project Status Meeting
  • Describe the Change Management Process

Close the Project

  • Identify the Elements in the Project Closure Procedure
  • Describe Administrative and Contractual Closure
  • Describe How Projects Are Terminated
  • Explain the Importance of a Repository and Lessons Learned

Experts

Hans Pijnacker

Hans has built his expertise over the past 30 years leading organisations in Europe, Asia and Latin America in various industries. He has managed organisations in different stages of the lifecycle as CEO, General Manager or Managing Director. Accomplished International Senior Executive with focus...

Andreas Matje

Andreas gathered experience both in academics (about 5 years) as well as in business where he occupied various positions during his 10 years in the manufacturing industry and more than 12 years in the oil & gas industry. He developed international management and leadership skills due to the f...

Michael Heuser

Michael Heuser brings to MCE twenty years of senior executive experience in the Airline industry and the ICT sector. He is recognised a leading expert in HR Business Partner Concepts, Corporate Academies / Universities as well as in the design and implementation of career systems for management, ...

Vedat Salfur

Vedat brings to MCE his 29-year experience as an International Finance Executive and Management Consultant. Vedat has developed a strong expertise in distribution activities including development and implementation of distribution channels and organizational models, business strategic planning fo...

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