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    Project Management for Non-Project Managers

    Two days of training (15 PDUs) 

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    Call them “Accidental project managers,” “Incidental PMs” or “Unofficial project managers.”

    They are the staff and management that are running over half your projects — important projects that need to be delivered successfully.

    This Versatile Company training course provides these leaders practical, proven tools of project management, scaled to fit their needs. 

    Practical Project Management Training

    This is the hands-on class that makes project management easy to learn and apply to your projects!

    • Hands-on, workshop-driven course design lets you and your team learn by doing.
    • The interactive format makes the class fun and engaging.
    • Includes a detailed course manual for in-class use and future reference.
    • BONUS: Free access to our eLearning package that reinforces key concepts.

    Learn the Art and the Science of project management.

    Anyone in a project management role is a leader of all the stakeholders engaged in the project: your team, customer, management, and so many more.

    A group of business people "high-five" at a wooden table while participating in project management training for non-project managers
    Learn to use proven techniques to become a better leader.
    • Establish clear goals for all stakeholders.
    • Build a plan that has clear responsibilities and can be used to measure progress.
    • Communicate effectively to influence your team, management, customers, and affected stakeholders.
    • Control scope to maintain focus and productivity.
    • Build management support for your project!

    Project Planning Workshop

    Participants plan one of their own projects in class. It’s the best way for individuals to learn the concepts faster and to transfer the learning to their job. 

    Workshop components are embedded in the course — each lecture topic is immediately followed by a relevant workshop.  For example, after the scheduling lecture, teams will create their own project schedule.

    Who Should Attend?

    This course is particularly appropriate for leaders of part-time, internal business projects – thus the moniker “project management for non-project managers.” This includes:

    • “Accidental project managers” for whom leading projects is just one more job to juggle.
    • Great team members that want to be team and project leaders.
    • Senior staff members tasked with leading cross-functional corporate initiatives.

    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
    Identify five project success factors that apply to every project.
    Describe the cost, schedule, and scope constraints and tradeoffs for their projects.
    Develop a partnership
    with a project sponsor.
    Develop a realistic project schedule that relies on team members who are less than fully assigned to the project.
    Articulate the business benefit of their current project.
    Understand the relationship between the science of project management and the art of leadership.

    Course Outline

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    1. Project Success Factors
    2. What is Project Management?
    3. A Successful Project Delivers Value
    4. Project Life Cycle and Product Life Cycle
    Workshop: Selecting projects for the workshop
    1. Identify Project Stakeholders
    2. Assign the Sponsor and Project Manager
    3. Answer the Top Five Definition Questions
    Workshop: Develop a Project Charter
    1. The Purpose of Planning
    2. Break the Project into Manageable Units of Work
    Workshop: Developing the Task List
    1. Network Diagrams Help Visualize the Sequence of Events
    2. Task Estimating Guidelines
    Workshop: Build the Network & Visualize the Schedule
    1. Establish a Realistic Schedule with a Part-Time Team
    Workshop: Completion of the project plan
    1. Stakeholder Engagement
    2. Plan Communication
    Workshop: Identify Stakeholders
    1. Change Management
    2. Project Team Kickoff
    3. Monitor Schedule, Risks, and Issues
    1. Project Manager Skills
    2. Art Based on Science
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    Project Management Tips

    Unofficial Project Managers Need to Make Progress Clear 

    Mark Mullaly posted his thoughts on, recently, concerned about people working on creative activities – including problem solving – where it’s difficult to measure progress. 

    According to Mark, “Asked how we are doing, we might say, “It’s coming along.” Or “I’m making good progress.” Or “A few hiccups, but nothing major.” Occasionally, you might here a “I’m having issues, but it’s nothing that I can’t sort out and get addressed.” When you get down to it, these noncommittal updates are the status equivalent of meaningless cocktail-party chatter. It’s uttering words, while saying absolutely nothing.” 

    This is clearly a problem for someone who has milestones to meet and has a VP looking over their shoulder. 

    When an HR team came to Versatile’s  Microsoft Project training in Seattle, we spent time working on their Work Breakdown Structures, because the way we structure our tasks is the foundation of effective project management. Every task can have tangible outcomes, even creative ones. 

    If your project management class doesn’t teach you how to make your tasks tangible, you are attending the wrong project management training.

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