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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

    Your Stakeholder Relationships Can Sink or Save Your Project

    It’s typical for Unofficial Project Managers to be managing cross-functional projects. Internal projects are often viewed in terms of processes and deliverables, but that perspective can sink your project. Projects are always about people, and that can be even more true for internal projects.  

    Craig Tracy has listed Eight Simple Ways to Build Customer Rapport. These guidelines were written for people like me, who sell and deliver project management training to many different organizations. Apply these to your internal customers and you’ll find that rapport becomes a memorable project success factor. 

    In Versatile’s project management training in Seattle and online, we address stakeholder communication and emphasize that the most important step is to know your stakeholders. Craig’s point about Empathy will take you a long way when working with EVERY stakeholder.