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Project Management Certification

CORE SEMINARS

For this category we offer our highly successful "Boot Camp" for project management certification seminars:
Fundamentals of Effective Project Management
Assessing and Managing Project Risks
Managing Successful Project Team Negotiations
Managing Negotiations and Project Conflict Resolution
Project Procurement & Contract Management
Quality Focused Approach to Project Management
PMP® Exam Preparation & Review


ELECTIVES

Fundamentals of Effective Project Management - 3 days (return to top)

Projects are concerned with the delivery of products and services to an organization. To be successful it requires the integration of technical and non-technical cross discipline resources in the planning, execution and the migration to production of the projects deliverables. This seminar uses case studies and real world examples to develop an understanding of how to develop an effective project management plan that is used to communicate effectively project progress, change and measure variances to maximize the efficiency of time and quality of delivery.

What You Will Achieve

How to develop a flexible and practical project management plan covering the complete project lifecycle major processes and phases which is essential to the success of your project.
How to identify the pros and cons of working in a cross-functional or multi disciplined matrix environment.
You will learn project initiation and scope management techniques - how to identify the project requirements, evaluate the gaps, and design a project plan to be used in controlling future change in the project.
Creating breakdown structures for effective control and project communication - how to develop and continuously use work breakdown structures (wbs) as a tool for utilizing a variety of techniques, to manage scope changes, plan and control resources.
Dynamic time estimating and scheduling techniques for staying on track - a variety of project scheduling techniques (scalable) such as milestones, timelines and dependency driven activity network diagrams to plan and control your projects.
Incorporating external resources into your project plan - how to manage consultants, vendors and contract resources.
Practical project progress measurement techniques - how to apply proven and practical techniques for capturing progress on the project and realistically forecasting your completion requirements.
Effective techniques for integrated project change control and issue escalation procedures.


Assessing and Managing Project Risks - 2 days (return to top)

Projects are initiated given a series of defined and assumed technical objectives. Estimates are made having a varying degree of uncertainty. This seminar teaches you best practice processes tools and techniques that enables you to assess the risk associates with assumptions and project uncertainties. To protect the project's financial, Quality and schedule objectives you will be introduced to a six step process fundamental to the ability to identify, mitigate and control risks throughout the project lifecycle.

What You Will Achieve

How to establish and implement a structured approach to the forecasting, monitoring and mitigating the project risk factors that can adversely impact schedule, cost and resource commitment to the project as part of your project management plan.
How to effectively communicate and share responsibility of project risk with your team members, customers and management.
How to identify the different types of risk associated with your project such as Technical, Time, Cost, Quality and others.
How to use automated risk analysis tools and techniques such as decision trees, monte-carlo analysis and others.
Why Cost Management is a requirement for today's project manager.
Cost management terminology and techniques as it applies to project management.
How cost management ties in to better resource planning and control.
How cost is associated with estimating of activity duration and managing project deadlines.
The importance of Earned Value techniques in the overall project management process.
The importance of a structured approach to the development of a cost based change management system.


Managing Successful Project Team Negotiations - 2 days (return to top)

Harvard professor and business consultant , Rosabeth Moss Canter calls the team, "the organizations most competitive weapon." Team work produces increased productivity , improved decision making and problem solving, innovative marketing, better service and stronger performance. This seminar teaches individuals the fundamental tools and techniques needed to build a team that values and utilizes all members to produce successful results. Through a series of discussions, assessments and exercises participants work as a team while learning successful team building practices. Actual team issues are identified and team members use the Team Tool Set to determine actions and solutions.

What You Will Achieve

A process for defining your own leadership principles and guidelines.
The know-how to align your project's performance measurements with your organization's vision and strategic goals in order to prepare and deliver persuasive presentations.
Insights into how to set team performance standards, inspire and motivate project team members to be powerful problem-solvers and to resolve conflict.
Skills to identify the multiple players and stakeholders who will impact your project's success.
How to understand the teams' process and ways to incorporate individual and team goals into the overall team mission, educate the members on project requirements, and build collaboration and commitment to achieve project goals.
Ability to effectively partner with and influence relevant stakeholders, including. Your end-user customers. Facility with a larger repertoire of communication strategies based on your project's goals and situational factors such as time, information, authority, resistance, motivation, and trust.


Managing Negotiations and Project Conflict Resolution - 2 days (return to top)

Effective negotiating skills are an essential tool for survival and advancement in today's business environment. It is often understood that sales and customer service representatives need effective interpersonal skills. However, reengineering, restructuring, and other significant changes in organizational process have required that all employees develop a wider range of interactional/communication skills. As project teams become the essential mode for organizational productivity, staff have discovered the need for skills which support effective negotiations, collaboration, and conflict management. Although it may go unrecognized, such skills, which can result in successful interactions with colleagues, subordinates, customers, vendors and managers, are all negotiation skills.

What You Will Achieve

The understanding of the importance of viewing project negotiations from the perspective of all project stakeholders involved.
A Definition and Model for Negotiation-limits of an adversarial approach and the strengths of a collaborative approach across the five, project management group processes of the project life cycle.
The Importance of Preparation-the use of analysis to assess both party's project and personal objectives, issues, and benefits. The steps Necessary for Developing Rapport, Trust, and Credibility-verbal and non-verbal communication skills; the development of an effective listening model.
The Importance of Conflict Management-how to deal with hostility and anger while focusing on the project issues to be resolved within the project's triple constraints.
The Development of a Collaborative Approach for Mutual Gain-problem solving vs. bargaining in the construction of effective and realistic customer project teams agreements.
Understanding and Using Power-how to effectively use power in the collaborative process. Recognizing the authority and responsibility levels of all project stakeholders.
Effective Methods for Handling "Power Tactics"-how to respond to hardball tactics and dirty tricks, allowing you to convert your potential "opponent" into your "partner". Going beyond the project's contract change management process.
Gaining Commitment and Avoiding Postponements-the importance of uncovering and exploring acceptable alternatives and establishing effective responses to demands.


Project Procurement & Contract Management - 2 days (return to top)

Today's Project Managers must be knowledgeable in all phases of the project life cycle, including the early phase of the acquisition. During this phase, many things must be considered, including contractual issues between the buyer and seller or the seller and subcontractor or between the developer and client or consultant. Contracting and Procurement for Project Managers is designed to increase Project Managers' knowledge of contracting for resources services and goods. The course covers contracting basics, including contract formation, make-or-buy decisions, the acquisition process, functions of contract administration, negotiations, and contract closeout.

What You Will Achieve

A detailed understanding of the Government & Commercial contracting and procurement process.
Roles and responsibilities of the key players in the contracting process.
Types of contracts and various acquisition methods.
An understanding of the phases of the contract and/or acquisition.
An overview of the contract and its administration.
Knowledge of contracts as it applies to the project manager.
The impact of effective interaction between contract administration and the accomplishment of the project goals and objectives.
An understanding of the risks associated with different types of contracts and strategies.
Realize how to effectively select vendors and evaluate their offers.
Appreciate the need for the contract cycle including initiation, change implementation, schedule progress and closure.


Quality Focused Approach to Project Management - 2 days (return to top)

Every organization can benefit from a quality and customer centered approach to project management. Today's project manager is faced with managing the customer relationship and expectations in addition to the project processes and resources. Central to customer satisfaction is the timely delivery of products and services of superior quality. With time and resources becoming increasingly scarce, the successful project team must "get it done right the first time". This course covers specific tools for quality management in the project environment, and presents effective methods for their integration with traditional project control techniques. Dynamics of the organization are considered, with a leadership approach to the management of project quality central to the discussion.

What You Will Achieve

Understanding of project quality concepts as they relate to the customer.
Understanding of the effects of different organization structures and how they may affect the management of project quality.
Familiarity with common quality tools and techniques and how they can be applied to improve project quality.
Ability to develop and implement an effective Project Quality Plan and apply it throughout the project management process.
The knowledge and understanding of how quality project management affects the resources working on your project.
A detailed understanding of the contracting and procurement process.
Roles and responsibilities of the key players in the contracting process.
Types of contracts and various acquisition methods.
An understanding of the phases of the contract and/or acquisition
An overview of the contract and its administration.
Knowledge of contracts as it applies to the project manager.


PMP® Exam Preparation & Review - 2 days (return to top)

Customers are increasingly requiring individuals managing projects to have acquired certification. PMI certification is considered to be the "De-Facto" standard for project management certification around the globe. Individuals ready to take the project management professional certification exam would benefit tremendously from this workshop. This workshop teaches the how to efficiently manage the time required to study, prepare and take the exam.

What You Will Achieve

Obtain a comprehensive understanding of the Project Management Professional certification process.
Review of the PMBOK 2000 General processes and framework.
Review of the 9 modules of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK 2000).
Study guidelines and effective techniques for preparing for the exam.
Receive tips and guidance on how to prepare and increase you chances of passing the PMP exam.
Take a Sample Test and take away 400 + Sample Questions
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