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15
Oct

Using Your Schedule as an Influencing Tool

Using Your Schedule as an Influencing Tool    Abstract Developing and maintaining a project schedule is one thing. Turning it into a decision support tool for the team and project stakeholders is another.  This paper explores methods for making the schedule accessible and relevant to the team members, not just the project manager. Project schedules are dense with information and contain a lot of shorthand to describe complex deliverables and tasks.  Team members often ignore the schedule as it is too abstract and complex for their day-to-day use.  The schedule therefore becomes the sole realm of the project manager and is labeled “bureaucratic,” ...

29
Apr

Most people think that meetings are a complete waste of time.  Well, other people's meetings are - their own meetings are important.  Agendas are uncommon, or too vague when they are written and then not followed.  People are unprepared, distracted by blackberries and laptops, and don't contribute much of real use to the discussions.  The meeting chair rants, or fumbles or gropes for answers.  People are frustrated, bored, sleeping.   Everyone shows up though, unless they are in some other unimportant meeting.  Sound familiar? Meetings are one of the main shields in the arsenal to defend against work cowardice.  What is work ...

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

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

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 ...

07
Aug

Building a Project Management Foundation Using the PMBOK® Guide Plus!

This intensive five day class introduces the processes of the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide, exploring the tools and techniques discussed in that document and providing examples for executing on these processes. In addition, it takes a deeper look at aspects of project team leadership, team building and evaluation, and more exercises in quality management, requirements and influencing others. Course Objectives • Introduce PMI® and the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) • Understand PMI’s project terminology • Practice some of the tools suggested in the PMBOK® Guide • Develop skills in performing project management Course Outline   PMBOK is a registered mark of ...

03
Aug

PMP® Exam Prep

A 2 or 3 day class to help PMP® candidates prepare for the certification exam for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential or the Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM®) credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI.)® This class reviews the aspects of project management discussed in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 4th Edition, 2008, which is an ANSI standard and is the pre-eminent standard of project management processes throughout the world, as well as other material not in that resource that is needed to pass the test. This course is lecture-based and includes ...