National Seminars Group
Successful Strategies of Project Management On-Site Training
A 2-day course for new and experienced project managers
When Good Projects Go Bad
It seems like you are finally getting your chance to show everyone just how
good you are at your job. Your boss has given you the opportunity to manage a
project that is extremely important to your company and may be the key to your
future success. Congratulations!
You have the deadline. You have the budget. You have the people.
Where do you go from here?
You put together a plan that may seem like it is flawless. While it may be
incredibly well thought-out and forward-thinking, chances are problems will
arise that you didn't previously think about. Lapses in communication,
procrastination among team members, confusion, and forgetfulness are all things
causing your project to turn from the dream opportunity to days and nights
filled with worry and stress.
The Key Is: Work Smarter, Not Harder!
This brand-new workshop gives you the tools and techniques you need to get
your priorities, people, deadlines, and budgets in line so you stay in control
of the project.
Prioritize for Less Stress!
An incomplete project is not an option. How do you get from Point A to Point B
as smoothly and efficiently as possible? The answer is strategically planning
and prioritizing every facet of the project. Our workshop is designed to help
you create the perfect plan to help you and your team prioritize your goals and
From laying the foundation of the project to determining the scheduling, we
will show you exactly what you need to do to succeed. Met goals mean less
stress. And less stress means a happier, more productive team.
Lead With Confidence and Ensure Success!
A good team comes from a good leader. You have to have a clear vision, patience,
and solid communication skills in order to keep your project moving from start
to finish. Our workshop will give you the tools to help you communicate clearly
and effectively to ensure your team maximizes productivity.
This workshop helps you plan ahead and deal with problems efficiently and
successfully. That's why you can't afford to miss the crucial information and
skills presented in our two-day Successful Strategies of Project
Lay the Foundation of Your Project
- What defines a project? The common characteristics
- The recipe for a successful project: basic guidelines that will keep
things on target
- The difference between a functional manager and a project manager and
why you need to know
- How to clearly define your client's needs so you deliver what's expected
- Conduct a stakeholder analysis so you can keep key people in the loop
along the way
- Define your project: What are the objectives and deliverables?
- Write a solid project goal statement
- The Triple Constraint: Determine your time, costs, and performance
- Clearly define your project's scope so you stay on target and avoid
Plan Your Project
- Determine the tasks for your project
- Perform a task analysis
- Conduct a feasibility study to be sure the project can be accomplished
- Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
- Estimate time
- Scheduling: Build a Gantt Chart
- Real-life scheduling: Critical Path Method (CPM)
- Estimate your project's costs: payback period, discounted cash flow, and
- How to develop realistic budgets
- Assess and manage risk: creating contingency plans
- Determine the skills needed for the project
- Assemble a project team
Implement Your Project
- Project manager communication skills:
- How to use power and authority
- How to manage through influence
- How to motivate through the tough times
- How to communicate key information throughout the project
- How to run effective team meetings
- Team problem-solving guidelines
- Team project reporting
- Steps to successful negotiation
- Keep the project on track
Monitor Your Project
- Monitor your project: progress reports, milestones, and the importance
of action items
- Write solid progress reports that contain just the right level of detail
for each of your audiences
- Documentation you must maintain to keep the project under control
- How to monitor the triple constraints: performance, cost, and time
- How to troubleshoot and make adjustments along the way
- How to avoid scope creep and its potentially devastating effects
- Customer changes along the way? How to document with a Notice of Change
or Change Order
Complete and Evaluate Your Project
- Finalize deliverables and close accounts
- Checklist to be sure all the bows are tied and your project is fully
- Accurately measure your project's outcome - did it succeed?
- Conducting the post-project analysis or postmortem
- How to write a close-out report
- Team celebrations - the important final step of any project