Who should attend
This program is ideal for those looking for an overview of the types of project management while exploring the characteristics that make projects successful.
You would benefit from this program if you:
- Have never been exposed to formal project management
- Find yourself managing small projects or portions of projects
- Serve as project participants or contributors
- Hold a leadership position and need a better idea of the practices your project managers should be following
About the course
Learn the language and approaches to project management to be better equipped when participating in projects. Use real-world examples from your own experience.
Have you found yourself assigned to a project team, with very little understanding of what to do or how to start? Project management is a discipline full of terminology and processes. It requires interactions with a broad range of stakeholders for the project to be successful. Understanding project management terminology, applications, roles and context can significantly boost your confidence and effectiveness with your team and stakeholders. Whether you are looking to be a more effective project contributor, move into project management roles, lead small projects or you lead a team that includes project managers, this program can help.
You will be asked to bring examples of projects you’ve been part of to aid in applying the information learned in class. Throughout the day, these examples will be used to highlight ways to (or not to) approach the project management process. This program can be completed as a stand-alone or as an introduction to project management prior to completing other programs within our project management portfolio.
Sessions are held on the downtown Minneapolis campus, and parking is available within one block.
Module 1: The Foundation This session will discuss the terminology used in project management and the characteristics of a successful project.
Module 2: The Project Charter Understand more about what is being asked of you (and the project team) by exploring the value and benefit of the project charter. Examine the components of the project charter and review examples of this important project artifact from other students in class.
Module 3: The Stakeholder Stakeholder satisfaction is a key project objective; identifying who will be impacted by the project will help to define requirements and determine the best approach for a project. Learn how to identify and classify stakeholders using real-world projects.
Module 4: The Project Scope and Deliverables Learn how to determine what is in and out of the project scope. Discuss a range of available options for collecting requirements and key questions to ask stakeholders to help you “zero in” on the deliverables. Learn methods to minimize scope creep and clarify the work required for project success.
Module 5: The Project Schedule Discuss how to determine the length of a project and key ideas in schedule compression.
Module 6: The Proactive Approach to Risk Examine methods to identify and evaluate risk which could impact project success. Understand the use of “probability and impact” to evaluate the risk and recognize appropriate categories of risk response.
Module 7: The Agile Approach to Project Management Agile methodologies are increasing in popularity and some organizations are implementing agile project management into their culture. Learn how agile differs from traditional project management methods.
Benefits of This Program
In the St. Thomas Project Management for the Accidental Project Manager program, you will gain practical skills you can put to use the next day at work. In addition, you will:
Gain Confidence Learn the language of project management to be more effective when participating in a project.
Explore project management techniques Knowing where to start can sometimes be the most challenging. Explore approaches to project management to choose the best for your situation.
Increase your influence By understanding the concepts, you’ll be equipped with the high-level information to shape the way a project progresses – no matter if you are a project leader or a participant.
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.