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08
Aug

Leveraging Your Brain to Manage Projects

In this workshop, we will examine and apply the practices of neuro-leadership to understand what our brains do as we perform our day-to-day project tasks, and how to exploit this understanding to improve our ability to prioritize, organize, estimate and communicate more effectively. We will look at how to listen more effectively, manage our inner state for better focus and control, and “read” the state others may be in to enable us to communicate with them more effectively. Course Objectives • Understand basic brain physiology and its impact on our thinking and actions • Learn methods for effectively setting priorities • Learn methods for ...

08
Aug

The 9 Domains of Project Leadership

This 2 day workshop explores 9 aspects of project management and the contributions each makes to project success. It also looks at 9 personality styles and their approach to leading as well as their impact on others. We will explore the styles of communication, organization and conflict management of each, and how to leverage your own style to be effective with all types of individuals. Course Objectives • Explore the concepts of leadership in the project management context • Identify the specific leadership needs for projects • Examine leadership styles and identify your own styles • Understand the gifts and blind spots of each type • ...

08
Aug

Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) Exam Prep

This 5 day class is designed to help CBAP® and CCBA® candidates prepare for the certification exam for the Certified Business Analaysis Professional credential or the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis credential offered by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). This class reviews the aspects business analysis discussed in the Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, Version 2.0, 2009, as well as other material not in that resource that is needed to pass the test. This course is lecture-based and includes vocabulary drills, practice questions and exam practices to prepare the student to sit for the CBAP® ...

08
Aug

Advanced Risk Management for Projects

In this workshop, participants take a deep dive on the topic of project risk management, exploring advanced methods and tools beyond simply identifying project risks. This class uses the participants real-life projects as case studies to enable effective transfer to the workplace. Course Objectives • Develop risk impact, probability and urgency scales • Identify risk limits • Explore methods for identifying risks • Apply risk qualification analysis • Learn how to use decision trees • Develop overall project risk levels • Understand simulation tools for risk management • Develop a risk register • Develop an ongoing risk management plan Course Outline 1. Introduction 2. Setting the Risk Limit 3. Identifying risks and opportunities 4. Analyzing ...

08
Aug

Project Management in Action

Need to put all that project management training to use, but not sure where to start? This workshop uses the accelerated learning technique to provide intensive practice in using the tools of project management to build a project plan and manage its execution. This method has virtually no lecture – participants work in teams to complete work assignments based on a case study. The workshop includes a baseline and follow up test and debrief exercises for each section. Following a consultation, the workshop will be customized to fit your needs. The list below includes all optional exercises, but note that ...

08
Aug

Using Microsoft Project

One of the most valuable tools for a project manager is the project schedule, and there are great tools available to help organize those details. These tools, however, are not as intuitive as they appear – project schedules that involve many people working different tasks simultaneously can get complex. These two workshops (they can be taken back-to-back or separated over some time) will teach you how to conquer the many aspects of the schedule and make it work for you. In addition to learning the mechanics of the tool, we will discuss how to represent and leverage the project’s critical path, ...

08
Aug

Effective Project Communication

“Poor communication” is the most commonly cited complaint of project teams, and is a common cause of frustration, misunderstanding and even project failure. In this workshop we will look at techniques to enable us to be better communicators with all of our stakeholders. We’ll look at methods for effective one-on-one communication, group facilitation, communication in meetings and on conference calls, and communication across cultural borders. Course Objectives • Identify common causes of communication breakdown • Look at different personality types and their communication styles and preferences • Learn techniques for effective one-on-one communication • Learn techniques for facilitating group discussions and decisions • Look at cultural ...

08
Aug

Defining and Documenting Project Requirements

Properly understood requirements are vital to project success. Faced with increasingly turbulent business environments and the increasing complexity of projects, properly managing the requirements process is only becoming more difficult. Within this context, the course examines such topics as needs assessments, stakeholder evaluation, systems analysis, requirements determination and verification techniques, functional versus technical requirements, requirements-related quality assessment processes, requirements documentation methodologies, and requirements change management. A comprehensive case study will provide for the application of various requirements determination and management techniques. Course Objectives • Understand the relationship between requirements management and project management • Use techniques for eliciting complete and correct requirements • ...

08
Aug

Building Resilience in Project Teams

Projects are temporary, but team members usually are not. Burning out to complete a project may give some short term gains, but can be very expensive to the organization the long run. In this workshop, participants will look at causes and effects of stress, and more importantly, of resilience. They will also look at techniques to manage stress and increase resilience for themselves and their teams. Course Objectives • Understand what stress is and how it affects us • Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of burn-out in yourself and others • Learn and practice techniques for increasing personal resiliency • Develop an environment ...

08
Aug

Project Initiation and Sponsor Guidance

In this course, participants will learn the details of initiating a project and building a working relationship with their sponsors. Course Objectives • Understand the prerequisites to starting a project • Develop a project charter & preliminary scope statement • Clarify the role of the project sponsor • Develop skills to help your sponsor provide you with the support you need Course Outline