Regardless of whether your team would benefit from one day of training in Project Management or five, Quinlan Executive Education can help. Each of our customized project management courses complies with the Project Management Institute's most recent version of the PMBOK®, and we offer several options tailored to your organization's Project Management training needs. Some of the most frequently requested programs include:
- Project Management Certificate Program
- Reducing Project Failure through Project Leadership
- I.T. Portfolio Management
- Project Planning for Teams
- Senior Management Briefing
CERTIFICATE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT (FIVE DAYS)
- Day One: Project Initiation - Identifying the project players and their roles and responsibilities along with the project's initial concept is a head start to a successful project. This process discusses roles, responsibilities and team development. Developing effective communication skills, understanding team motivations, and team building skills are also a part of project initiation.
- Days Two and Three: Project Planning - This phase involves defining the project scope, quality, resources, time frames, and budget. It clarifies what needs to be accomplished, by which resources, when they are needed, and what budget and time-frames are necessary to achieve the goal. This phase includes addressing quality issues and developing appropriate responses to risk.
- Day Four: Project Execution and Control - This phase involves creating and managing the project with the intent of meeting and exceeding client expectations. This involves assuring quality, tracking progress, making appropriate decisions and managing changes as required.
- Day Five: Project Closeout - When properly established, this phase is a foundation for future project success. It involves closing the project, summarizing, reviewing and evaluating learnings.
REDUCING PROJECT FAILURE THROUGH PROJECT LEADERSHIP
Strategic Business Value of Project Management
- Ensuring everyone (top down) understands the business value of the project
- Where the project fits within the business strategy
- Handling resistance from project managers about business strategy
- Prioritizing from a strategic perspective as well as changing priorities; communicating changes
- Project selection derived from strategic benefits
- When to kill a project
Project Management Office - Framework for Your Organization
- PMO: project-oriented vs. enterprise-oriented
- Project v. enterprise functions
- Evolution and implementation of PMO
Managing Project Conflicts
- Managing conflict in business
- Exploring conflict styles and approaches
- Identifying underlying needs
- Creating choices
- Managing your emotions
- Creating strategies to manage the differences
- Understanding different leadership or influence styles and their impact on employee performance
- Analyzing the readiness of employees for different responsibilities
- Correlating leadership styles, and employee readiness, to project teams
Change Leadership in Projects
Project management involves constant change: in the organization, in teams, and in processes. This session will describe:
- The change curve
- Successful vs. unsuccessful change
- Organizational resilience
- Supporting change and handling failure
Project Team Challenges
- Building team relationships
- Selling ideas internally
- Managing team meetings
- Motivating in the face of scarce resources
- International/Cultural team issues
Teams will present on their project management issue: How they resolved the issue, the strategy used (or that will be used), and the anticipated outcome including recommendations to their organization.
I.T. PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT (THREE DAYS)
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. businesses spend an average of 38% of their annual capital budgets on Information Technology. Unfortunately, various studies show that 30%-60% of all I.T. investments fail to return a profit. This means that each time you make an I.T. investment, you are just as likely to destroy shareholder value as you are to create it.
The I.T. Portfolio Management program is designed to help your organization build the I.T. investment management skills it needs to respond effectively to these pressures.
Topics covered include:
- Analyzing the business value of an I.T. investment
- Analyzing the alignment between business goals and I.T. investment benefits
- Analyzing the risks associated with an I.T. investment
- Gauging the affects of risk on an I.T. investment’s projected financial performance
- Constructing and analyzing I.T. investment portfolios
- Managing I.T. investment portfolios
- Measuring returns on I.T. investments
PROJECT PLANNING FOR TEAMS (TWO DAYS)
This workshop takes the fundamentals of Project Management as endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and focuses on the development of a project team's ability to:
- Understand the project and its objective - what the team has to accomplish
- Define important challenges that could affect the project's success and agree on objectives to overcome these challenges
- Identify and plan for critical milestones and activities
- Build relationships and understanding of roles and responsibilities within the team
To achieve these objectives participants work on a current, real-life project that they have been assigned prior to the two-day workshop. In addition to learning the project planning process, participants will have accomplished between 12-14 hours of work on their project plan.
SENIOR MANAGEMENT BRIEFING (ONE DAY)
Senior management have complicated leadership roles and various responsibilities in order to effectively support project management. They must lead change, prioritize projects, ensure realistic project focus, provide clear and complete project definitions, assure quality components are in place, resolve legal issues, and facilitate communication and planning efforts. The Senior Management Briefing provides an overview of Project Management that reviews:
- The common language of Project Management terminology, roles and responsibilities
- The 5 Phases of Project Management (PMBOK®-compliant)
- What Senior Management as Sponsors should expect, and how they should measure success
- Change management and team motivation
Fees are based on the level of customization, development and delivery time, and vary by project.
For more information about our organizational programs, custom programs and organizational retreats, please contact us at 312.915.6781, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs can be conducted at Loyola's Executive Education training center in downtown Chicago, at one of our suburban campuses across Chicagoland, or onsite at your organization.