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XCPD-487 Leading Project Teams

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Individual skill alone will not lead to successful projects. One of the most important roles for a project manager is to lead and motivate a diverse and high-performing team. Forming teams of diverse skills and expertise can be difficult but also very rewarding. This course takes a close look at current thinking on effective leadership and how to lead in a project-based environment. During the course, students examine issues of team formation and function. By understanding team dynamics, successful project managers can adjust their leadership approach and style to to maximize the contribution of all team members. Focus is given to using the tools of motivation, power, and communication to better achieve project objectives. Finally, because communication plays a vital role in project success, the course covers the multi-dimensional nature of communication and the "soft skills" that are essential for effective leadership.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:

  • Describe how teams form, develop, and achieve project objectives.
  • Discuss the basics of communication.
  • Analyze the influences of gender and cultural diversity on group interaction.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills with an understanding of leadership theories and adaptive communication strategies.
  • Describe the nature of virtual groups and compare the factors affecting processes in group communication in the virtual environment.
  • Resolve group conflict and promote cohesion among members.

Course Prerequisites

Project Management Fundamentals (XCPD-480) or permission of the instructor.

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Leading and Managing High-Performing Project Teams

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Aug 1—2
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1399
USD 699 per day
Nov 12—13
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1399
USD 699 per day
Feb 24—25, 2020
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1399
USD 699 per day
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A project team is only as good as its leader. Project success hinges not only on the effectiveness of the project team, but also on the project manager’s ability to lead and manage that team. You will develop core competencies in interpersonal skills such as fostering self-understanding, team building, motivation, and conflict resolution. You will gain a better understanding of what drives team performance and how to build and sustain your high-performing team through team assessment, role-play activities, and discussions designed to encourage self-reflection.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the characteristics of high-performing project teams
  • Effectively launch a new project team
  • Encourage peak performance in project teams
  • Apply leadership skills to develop team members’ competence and commitment
  • Lead and manage remote project teams

Course Topics

Key Concepts

  • Leading & Managing
  • Difference between Groups & Teams
  • Emerging Trends and Considerations in Project Leadership

Launching a Project Team

  • Characteristics of High-performing Teams
  • Plan Human Resource Management
  • Acquire Project Team
  • Developing a Shared Vision
  • Develop Project Goals
  • Project Charter
  • Project Standards and Processes
  • Briefing the Project Team

Building a High-performing Project Team

  • Characteristics of High-performing Teams
  • Stages of Team Development
  • Progress of Team Development
  • Characteristics of Effective Project Teams
  • Empowerment
  • Building Trust
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Effective Decisions
  • Conflict Basics
  • Six Organizational Elements that Affect Morale
  • Motivating Project Teams
  • Techniques for Building a High-performing Project Team

Team Leadership

  • Characteristics of High-performing Teams
  • Establishing Credibility
  • Situational Leadership
  • Development Level
  • Competence Ladder

Leading & Managing Remote Project Teams

  • Characteristics of High-performing Teams
  • Justification for Remote Teams
  • Critical Success Factors
  • Project Manager Competencies
  • Team Member Competencies
  • Project Management Tips for Remote Teams

Course Summary

  • Review of Course Objectives
  • Characteristics of High-performing Teams
  • Launching a New Project Team
  • Building a High-performing Project Team
  • Team Leadership

Who should attend

This course is intended for advanced level Program and Project managers.

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