A Systems Approach To Project Management

In today’s work environment, getting things done quicker and done right the first time are success factors for organizations. Project management skills are essential for this.

In many ways, a project is like a start-up organization - people working together (often for the first time) to achieve what is often an unclear outcome with limited resources at their disposal.

This workshop is based on eight competency areas that have been found to be critical for project success. It provides those working on projects with the tools needed for successfully managing and participating on projects, using a customer-focused, end-result approach.

Target Audience: Project leaders, managers and team members working on large and small projects in all areas including engineering, product development, information systems, health care, process improvement, human resources, manufacturing, etc. (Can be offered to intact project teams or individual project managers and team members.)

Program Format: Facilitated workshop using demonstrations, case studies and real-world application to participant projects.

Objectives:

  • At the end of this program, participants will have the tools to:
    • Reduce the time and cost required for project implementation through improved coordination, communication and risk management to help reduce unproductive time
    • Have a consistent, repeatable approach with a logical, documented methodology so that successful projects can be repeated and the skills for their attainment can be shared with those who need them
    • Maintain focus on the end result with clearly documented outcomes that are visible to the whole project team
    • Take action with confidence by using a systematic approach

Agenda:

  • Topics Include:
    • Project Scope Summary - To clearly define the project and get everyone focused on the same outcome.
    • Team/Stakeholder Identification - To assure that all the necessary functions and stakeholders are involved.
    • Plans, Schedules and Budgets - To assure that all necessary tasks and costs are accounted for. (includes PERT, GANTT, Milestones, etc.)
    • Hand-off Management - To assure that key hand-offs between project stakeholders are successfully managed.
    • Measurement - To assure that key transactions between Customers and suppliers (internal and external) are being completed successfully.
    • Communication - To assure that project stakeholders get accurate information when they need it.
    • Risk Management - To minimize the likelihood that unexpected problems will cause project failure.
    • Team Performance Management - To assure successful individual and team performance.

Duration: 2 days


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