Training

Methods

Allison uses a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures  to introduce and illustrate new concepts,
  • case studies and exercises to apply theory to practical situations,
  • group discussions to explore ideas and share insights, and
  • written material to highlight and reinforce key concepts.

Each workshop combines the “hard” skills of project planning, scheduling, tracking, managing change, and reporting, with the “soft” skills of defining roles, clarifying expectations, building commitment, and making decisions.

Materials

Each participant receives a workbook with copies of the slides, additional information, sample key project management templates, and additional exercises.   Existing organizational templates can be integrated into the workbooks.

PMI Educational Contact Hours

Each day of training is 7 hours towards the education requirement of the PMP or 7 PDUs for those who have already attained their PMP.

Project Management: An Overview

This 1-day workshop is designed as an overview for everybody involved in a project – sponsors, team leaders, and team members.

For an organization to become project-oriented, everybody involved needs to understand how projects work.   Team members work more effectively when they manage their tasks like mini-projects, and sponsors become more effective in their role as project champions.

TOPICS:

  • What are: projects, project management, and project managers?
  • Know the destination:   goals and objectives
  • Laying a route:   work breakdown structure, schedule and budget
  • The human side:   resources, responsibilities and relationships
  • Making headway:   controlling scope, reporting progress
  • Reaching the destination:   pulling it all together

Project Management: A Practical Approach

Many people who take this course have managed projects informally in the past, but found things haven’t always gone as well as they had hoped.   This 2-day workshop provides the framework and terminology for what they already know, as well as ideas for overcoming typical project challenges.

People with some formal background in project management will find this to be a good refresher course, as it reviews both the technical side of schedules and budgets, as well as the people side of communication and team management.

TOPICS:

  • Definitions:   project, project management processes, competing demands, PMBOK knowledge areas.
  • Project initiation:   getting a project started, project charter, project organization
  • Project planning:   work breakdown structure, quality, building a schedule and budget, managing risk
  • Project execution:   communication, team building, meetings, decision-making
  • Project control:   measuring progress, taking action, change management, status reporting
  • Project closing:   wrapping up, lessons learned

This workshop concludes with a hands-on fun project to review the topics and practice putting them to work.

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