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Project Management for Non-Project Managers

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Who should attend?

This program is designed for Leaders or Staff who must manage projects as part of their Responsibilities and are not full-Time Project Managers or Seeking Certification as a Project Manager Managers of Project Managers will also benefit



Project management is the art and science of getting results by following a roadmap laid down to turn customers desires into concrete products and services by following established procedures in a defined sequence. The Project Management Institute brought active practitioners together to produce the Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK, which is used around the world on all sorts of projects of varying sizes, with or without software support tools.

PMBOK definition: A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service. It is temporary because every project has a definite beginning and a definite end. It is Unique because the product or service delivered is different from others. Organizations use projects to achieve their strategic needs, which cannot be attained through normal operational means.

Dr. Joseph Juran, a founder of the quality movement, provides another definition: 
A project is a problem scheduled for solution. The key to a successful project is beginning with a clear definition of the business problem: What is the gap between what we have and what we want?

Why should you Attend

In today's world, many operations once performed by specialists are assigned to non-specialists as 'projects.' However, most professionals have not received training or tools to help them manage projects efficiently and effectively. The 'project' is added to an already full schedule, major decisions have been made elsewhere, and you have no 'team' to carry out the work.

Many projects fail because they have no focusing definition, which leads to scope creep, missed deadlines, and blown budgets. More time is consumed in solving these problems and firefighting. Risks and contingency plans are often ignored.

Without the basic tools of project management, people focus on a series of tasks and a To-Do list. Priorities get missed in favor of someone else's urgent agenda. More time is lost chasing down information and reinventing the wheel. Without the formal discipline of project management, it's hard to accomplish what is necessary and keep all your stakeholders satisfied.

Avoid these predictable pitfalls, use project management basics and bring your projects in successfully, efficiently, and effectively with results the stakeholders want.

As a result of this educational program, Non-Project Managers will be able to:

Plan, execute, and manage projects more effectively and efficiently

Solve business problems

Minimize risk

Continuously improve project results

Use PM tools optimally

Areas Covered in the Session

Context for Project Management

What are projects and where do they fit?

Our strengths and challenges managing projects as Non-Project Managers

Project success factors and pitfalls

Projects vs. operations

Project Management Processes

Apply Process Model and Chain of Processes to projects

Understand Project Management process and project phases

Project Initiation

Articulate project Business Problem

Make the Business Case :

Making Project Go/No-Go decision

Perform Stakeholder analysis

Publish Project Charter

Planning and Scheduling

Elicit Requirements

Communicate and manage conflict effectively

Analyze scope, constraints, assumptions

Create Work Breakdown Structure and tactical plan

Sequence activities optimally with Logic Diagram

Manage the Critical Path

Schedule, assign responsibility, and track

Cost Management

Estimate Costs

Define budget and tracking

Risk Management

Define risks, qualitatively and quantitatively

Use SWOT Analysis

Develop Risk Impact Matrix

Track and manage Risk; Escalate Risk Proactively

Human Resource and Communication Plan

Develop Role and Responsibility Plan; Create RACI diagram

Create Staffing Management Plan

Define Project Team structure

Develop Management Communications Plan

Create Training Plan

Project Execution, Monitoring, and Control

Define What and how to monitor; scope, schedule, cost, quality

Capture actual results for scope, schedule, cost, quality

Conduct Project Reviews

Project Closure

Capture Best Practices

Apply Lessons Learned for continuous improvement




Joseph Wilcox

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