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PM Core and Intermediate Courses
Project Leadership Simulation Program
Build Strong Relationships and Teams
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Traditional Classroom
Course No.:
4 Days
28 PDUs / 2.8 CEUs / 33 CPEs
Virtual Classroom
Course No.:
Eight 3-hour sessions
2.4 CEUs / 24 PDUs
Course Level:
Basic project management or equivalent experience

About the Program
This highly interactive workshop combines lectures, video, process consultation, group discussions and assessment instruments with both action and reflection. Participants will gain hands-on experience using a computer-aided simulation to build a thorough project plan.

Over the course of four days, participants make decisions in a team environment while planning and implementing a simulated project. Participants will also be asked to manage their teams. The simulation environment of this workshop provides a laboratory to practice and enhance interpersonal, leadership and teambuilding skills, as well as to build your capability as a project manager.

Who Should Attend
The program is designed for: project, product and program managers; project leaders and administrators; team leaders and members; field staff members; project, design, industrial and manufacturing engineers; sales, operations and functional managers; systems analysts; software and systems developers; human resource executives; information technology professionals; research and development managers; marketing directors; project support staff or others involved directly or indirectly with projects, for virtually every industry that needs more than just project management fundamentals.

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize when to focus on a task and when to focus on a process
  • Develop defensible project plans covering project definition, schedule, resources, contingencies, quality and budget
  • Use project management tools and techniques to effectively plan, track and control projects
  • Improve project team performance
  • Enhance interpersonal effectiveness
  • Analyze project information and report status and needs clearly
  • Identify complex trade-offs in project decisions, considering all possible

Course Overview

Develop Defensible Project Plans

  • Defining project purpose, objectives, requirements, and constraints
  • Building project schedules
  • Planning resource allocation
  • Managing project uncertainties
  • Planning for quality
  • Building justifiable budgets through cost accumulation and analysis

Apply PM Tools and Techniques to Effectively Plan, Track, and Control Projects

  • Planning
  • Tracking/Controlling
  • Understanding the benefits and capabilities of project management software

Improve Project Team Performance

  • Understanding how teams work within the dimensions and stages of team development
  • Assessing team strengths and weaknesses
  • Applying process observation and feedback
  • Team-building methods
  • Managing team differences
  • Building team involvement, commitment, trust and consensus
  • Facilitating the team process: removing blockages, managing meetings, problem-solving

Improve Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Giving and receiving personal feedback
  • Understanding your team leadership style
  • Developing followership/knowing when to follow
  • Influencing the project process and outcomes
  • Effectively communicating and actively listening
  • Managing relationships beyond the project team

Clearly Analyze Project Information and Report Status and Needs

  • Establishing a project control system to manage work in progress
  • Developing project control information – project metrics, reporting, monitoring work, meetings, informal discussions – to predict project
  • Tracking and monitoring direct and indirect measures of project objectives
  • Balancing attention to appropriate project detail while keeping an eye on the big picture and outcomes

Complex Project Trade-off Decisions

  • Integrating the best plans for resources, risk management, scheduling, quality management and costing to build a consistent project strategy
  • Balancing the various resources available – contractors, internal staff, vendors, technology, and training – with project requirements to optimize implementation efforts
  • Continuously prioritizing work efforts during the project life cycle
  • Evaluating alternatives to address project variances during implementation and diagnosing the outcome of the alternatives selected
  • Trading-off project objectives during execution to achieve project priorities
  • Accepting and managing short-term consequences to ensure beneficial long-term results

When to Focus on Task and When to Focus on Process

  • Understanding the interrelationships, connections, and consequences of project issues and subsequent project decisions during execution
  • Addressing both task and process factors at appropriate times to address project problems
  • Building both people and work outcomes into project success criteria
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