Project Management

Acquire skills using proven strategies to ensure that projects come in on time, on budget and deliver the expected results.

  • Agile Training - A More Human Approach

    • Agile Training - A More "Human" Approach

      Course Number: RT
      Recommended Duration: 2 Days
      Target Audience: Intact teams looking to begin using agile, Project Managers, IT Professionals, Business Analysts, Operations Professionals

      Course Overview

      The goal of this course is to enable teams and organizations to truly leverage the Agile philosophy and methodology by 
      focusing on the critical human dynamic skills that are the foundation of this approach.

      Participants will learn how to use the Agile methodology via an interactive and energizing case exercise while also building proficiency in key skill areas that are needed to be successful.

      The course is designed to be conducted over two days with Day 1 being focused on skill building and Day2 putting those skills into practice through the case exercise.

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  • Agile-Scrum Project Management
    • Agile/Scrum Project Management

      Course Number: XX (RLS)
      Recommended Duration: 2 Days

      Course Overview

      Agile/Scrum is a project management technique that has gained acceptance in recent years because of its simplified project management structure and its promise for project acceleration. However, the Agile/Scrum approach has its own methodology which must be followed, or the promised benefits will not be realized. In this new methodology, roles of project leaders and team members change. In addition, the project planning process and project tracking are similar to those commonly found in an “Extreme” crisis project rather than in a well-defined and well-ordered project. This approach shatters many of the paradigms of “good” project management – yet when the methodology is understood and used appropriately, it can have significant benefits. This two-day seminar is an interactive introduction to Agile/Scrum project management. Participants will be assigned to a Scrum project team. Each team will conduct a Sprint Planning Meeting, several Scrum Meetings, and a Sprint Review Meeting as part of a case study/simulation that weaves throughout the program. In addition to the case study/simulation workshops, there are lectures and examples used to explain the process and demonstrate the techniques.

      Course Objectives

      • Understand thedifference between Agile/Scrum project management and traditional project management
      • Understand the Agile/Scrum roles and responsibilities
      • Be able to plan an Agile/Scrum project
      • Be able to execute an Agile/Scrum project

      Key Topics


      High Level Topics
      • Waterfall versus Agile/Scrum project management
      • Risk management in an Agile/Scrum project
      • Sprint Planning Meetings and “Stories”
      • Scrum Meetings and the Burndown Chart
      • The role of Scrum Master, Product Owner, and team member
      • Sprint Review Meetings
      • Change management on Agile/Scrum projects
      • Agile/Scrum case study/simulation

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  • Managing Project Managers
    • Managing Project Managers

      Course Number: 103-RS
      Recommended Duration: 1 Day

      Intended Audience: Project leaders

      Course Overview

      Project managers are faced with planning and executing a set of tasks that are filled with the unknown and the unexpected. Many of these projects are expected to deliver significant impact to the business. Managers of project managers must balance the need for oversight to deal with the unexpected and the bureaucracy caused by micro-management. This course is divided into two parts. The first will discuss the key points within the project management process where senior management can have a dramatic positive influence on the outcome of the projects. The course will also review project control methods and measurements. The second part will address the strategies and execution of Project Management Offices. When used well they will accelerate project performance, when used incorrectly, they stifle project execution.

      Prerequisites: None

      Topics/Objectives

      • The role of senior leadership
      • Project selection
      • Setting project boundaries
      • Project reviews
      • Project management office strategies
      • Project management office processes and measurements

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  • Critical Chain Project Management
    • Critical Chain Project Management

      Course Number: 507-JC
      Recommended Duration: 2 days

      Course Overview

      Critical Chain project management is a method of scheduling and tracking a project that encourages an aggressive schedule in order to finish a project more quickly. It utilizes the Theory of Constraints, which have transformed many manufacturing environments, to better manage project buffers and allocate scarce resources more effectively.

      Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Project Management

      Topics

      • Theory of Constraints Overview
      • The Problems Encountered with Traditional PM Methods
      • Critical Chain and PMBOK
      • Starting a New Project
      • Creating a Project Plan using Critical Chain
      • Tracking and Revising the Plan
      • Risk Management Issues
      • Multi-project Schedules and Issues
      • Changing the Organization to Accept Critical Chain

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  • Project Leadership
    • Project Leadership

      Course Number: 100-RS
      Recommended Duration: 1 Day

      Intended Audience: Project leaders

      Course Overview

      Projects are accomplished by people. However, often the project manager is not the direct supervisor of the project team members. This can create a difficult leadership situation. Good project leaders have a common set of characteristics they rely on. This course will address how to manage the project within a variety of organizational structures. Team formation and team dynamics will be discussed. Techniques for communicating with the team and conflict resolution will be introduced. The principles of situational leadership will also be discussed and practiced.

      Prerequisites: None

      Topics/Objectives

      • The project team
      • The project leader
      • Team dynamics
      • Project communication
      • Situational leadership
      • Project stakeholders

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  • Essential Project Management for High Performance Teams
    • Essential Project Management for High Performance Teams

      Course Number: 120-BB
      Recommended Duration: 3 Days

      Intended Audience: This course is designed for those who wish to improve their ability to lead and manage projects.

      Course Overview

      This course is designed to teach participants how projects should be managed, from start up to completion.

      Objectives

      As a result of taking this course, participants will understand the principles, methodology, tools, risks, and rewards of effective project management and learn how to get real stakeholder buy in and commitment. They will also learn what it takes to create and lead a high performance team and how to manage virtual project teams.

      Prerequisite: None

      Topics

      • Project management principles
      • Project definition
      • Project roles and responsibilities
      • Creating and leading a high performance team
      • Managing virtual project teams
      • Getting stakeholder buy in and commitment
      • Planning and scheduling
      • Innovative solution development
      • Risk management and contingency planning
      • Issue management
      • Project tracking and controlling
      • Project implementation
      • Project completion and handover
      • Project review

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  • Project Management Fundamentals
    • Project Management Fundamentals

      Course Time: 8 hours over one day with working lunch
      Pre-Work: Bring a sample project from your business.
      Course Capacity: 15-20 participants

      Course Format: An onsite course that includes hands on case study exercises to apply concepts.

      Course Overview

      This course is designed to provide a solid introduction to project management tools and processes. The primary focus is on the basic tools used to initiate and plan a project, monitor and control its execution and ultimately deliver the service or product. Participants in this class should be able to apply these tools and techniques to their projects when they return to their jobs.

      Course Objectives

      • Gain an overview of thekey tools used in effective project management.
      • Understand how to manage the scope of a project.
      • Develop the ability to create realistic project plan and to manage according to it.
      • Learn how to build a high functioning project team.
      • Create a communication plan that will result in effective stakeholder management.
      • Recognize project risks and develop a plan to mitigate those issues.

      Key Topics


      Scope Management
      • In/Out of Scope – Define what the project will and will not do
      • Getting Consensus of Agreement
      • Create a Work Breakdown Structure-Identify what activities and deliverables must be performed
      • Estimating Strategies
      Scheduling
      • How to look at dependencies
      • What can run in parallel
      • Once time is lost, it is gone forever
      • Critical Path - Where should attention be focused
      Resources
      • Staffing against the Project
      • Identify types of resources required
      • Availability of necessary resources
      • Level of effort required by resources
      Communication
      • Identify stakeholders and their expectations
      • How to communicate with stakeholders
      • Staying focused on the objectives
      • Resolving Issues in a timely manner
      Risk
      • How to identify project risks
      • How to assess project risks
      • How to develop a plan for risk mitigation

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  • Project Management "Lite"
    • Project Management "Lite"

      Course Number: 040-GO
      Recommended Duration: 1 Day

      Intended Audience: All Employees

      Course Overview

      These project and resource management modules help individuals to identify areas where they have an opportunity to improve and to apply effective tools and techniques to better manage their project and resources.

      Objectives

      As a result of taking this course, you will learn to:
      • Prioritize and organize project tasks to accomplish project related goals
      • Utilize proven project management tools
      • Launch project teams
      Prerequisites: None

      Topics

      • Managing projects to accomplish goals
      • Prioritizing and organizing for effective project management
      • Establishing goals and relating your tasks to them
      • Setting roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities
      • Managing project roadblocks
      • Project management toolkit
      • Project management phases
      • Detailed review of proven project management tools
      • Apply to current or planned project
      • How to effectively launch and manage project teams
      • Team charters
      • Stages of group development
      • Decision making tools
      • Personal action plans

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  • Project Management & Business Finance
    • Project Management & Business Finance

      Course Number: 099-RS
      Recommended Duration: 5 Days

      Intended Audience: Project leaders and project team members.

      Course Overview

      This course will take a project from an idea through project justification, project planning, and project implementation. A major aspect of project management is the project justification process. To ensure this is covered adequately, a basic overview of business finance will be presented. The ways that projects can affect the business measurements as reported in the various financial statements will be explored. Techniques for calculating the return from a project will be practiced. Additionally, the course will lay the foundation for the key elements of project management and provide practical experience using the project management tools and techniques. The project management course material is based upon the Project Management Body of Knowledge – the international standard for project management approach and practices – and real life experience with many projects in all aspects of business.

      Objectives

      As a result of taking this course you will leave with a better understanding of how project scope, schedule, resources, and risk are interrelated. You will have the tools to plan a project that is oriented towards success. You will also understand basic principles to manage that project and deal with the inevitable necessity of project change. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to apply the project management tools in a case study or, if you are with a project team, you can use your team’s project in lieu of the case study. This will provide hands-on experience with the tools and a better understanding of their appropriate use in the project management process.

      Prerequisites: None

      Topics

      • The project environment
      • Understanding business financial statements
      • Calculating project return
      • Project selection
      • Developing realistic project schedules
      • Establishing project scope
      • Determining the critical path
      • Controlling project boundaries
      • Developing a project budget
      • Managing project risk

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  • Project Schedule Management & Control
    • Project Schedule Management & Control

      Course Number: 101-RS
      Recommended Duration: 2 Days

      Intended Audience: Project leaders

      Course Overview

      Effective project schedule management is of critical importance to business and industry today. This course covers the best practices for project schedule management based upon the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as well as the earned value techniques. Float utilization and schedule acceleration techniques will be introduced.

      Objectives

      As a result of taking this course, you will learn the fundamentals of project schedule management. You will also learn how to use schedule tools such as: network diagrams, Gantt, Pert, Critical Path, and Milestone charts.

      Prerequisites: Basic Project Management

      Topics

      • Scheduling uncertain projects
      • Developing schedule estimates
      • Project schedule formatting techniques
      • Critical path calculations and project float
      • Schedule analysis techniques
      • Schedule acceleration techniques
      • Earned value analysis
      • Tracking project schedules

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  • Whose Agile Project is it Anyway?
    • Whose Agile Project is it Anyway?

      Course Number: RT
      Recommended Duration: 1/2 to 1 Full Day depending on client needs

      Intended Audience: Project leaders

      Course Overview

      Using the Agile methodology to lead and manage projects is becoming more and more commonplace in organizations.  In addition to being able to use the various tools and approaches that define the Agile framework, project leaders and team members must possess critical interpersonal skills that facilitate enhanced and clear communication, quickly build trust, and, possibly most importantly, allow everyone to pivot and respond to new ideas, input, and changes as a project moves through its lifecycle.

      Whose Agile Project is it Anyway? is an engaging, interactive, and participant driven workshop designed to help teams and organizations ensure that key interpersonal skills are in place to increase the effectiveness of an Agile project or initiative.  Special attention will be placed on leveraging improvisational comedy techniques to create an environment that helps team members think quickly on their feet, be open to new ideas and suggestions, build on the input of others, and establish trust. 

      In addition to focusing on the interpersonal skills that the Agile methodology relies on, participants will also learn key principles and techniques for leading and participating in Agile driven projects.

      Objectives

      • Understand how important team dynamics and interpersonal skills are to Agile
      • Teach and embed critical interpersonal skills within teams and groups
      • Learn key elements of the Agile process
      • Be able to launch and lead a project that uses Agile

      Topics

      • Using ‘Yes and…’   versus ‘Yes but…
      • Listening for understanding
      • Building trust among team members
      • Knowing when and how to quickly pivot and make needed adjustments
      • Sprint Planning Meetings and "Stories"
      • Scrum Meetings
      • The role of the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and team member
      • Sprint Review Meetings
      • Agile/Scrum case study/simulation

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