Project Management Training
Hands-on Project Management Classes Build Skills
Project management training can have an immediate impact on your team’s performance when it incorporates the best adult learning techniques.
- Apply course concepts to your own projects during training.
- Work in teams to complete projects.
- Hands-on learning increases comprehension and retention.
- Learn faster and transfer the learning to your job immediately.
The Principles of Project Management course presents the proven techniques of project management. Our practical framework makes project management easy to understand and apply.
This hands-on introduction to project management builds skills that you’ll use right away. It is full of practical tips, engaging exercises, and the most useful project management techniques.
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 course provides these leaders practical, proven tools of project management, scaled to fit their needs.
Project management training often includes preparing for the PMP® exam. Versatile’s PMP® Deep Dive is a comprehensive, engaging learning experience. You can trust Versatile’s exam study strategy, which has helped thousands of project managers pass the PMP® exam.
Versatile’s Microsoft Project Training is taught by the same instructors who teach our full project management curriculum. You’ll be learning the most popular project management software and project management best practices! It’s a powerful combination!
Experts in Project Management Training
Best practices from the bestselling book in project management! Our expert trainers can travel to your location for onsite training, conduct engaging live training sessions online, or provide project management training courses in our convenient Seattle office.
You’ll learn from some of the best in the business, including Eric Verzuh, author of the bestselling book, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management.
Other popular courses include:
Creating Solutions: A Project Manager’s Shortcut to Business Analysis
Innovation can happen anywhere and everywhere in your organization. Innovation demands creativity focused on stakeholder value. Learn a framework and various techniques for creating stakeholder focused solutions.
Combining Teamwork, Creativity, and Risk Management to Create Stakeholder Focused Solutions (One Day Course)Every firm needs innovation. Innovation needs creativity. And creativity needs to be grounded in a thorough understanding of stakeholders and what brings them value. This course presents principles and specific techniques of the three pillars of applied creativity.
- Pillar One: Understand the context. Get the facts and identify the people who will be involved and affected.
- Pillar Two: Invest in creativity. Invest the time and expertise to bring a fresh perspective and to develop original ideas.
- Pillar Three: Reduce the risk. Refine the solution through rigorous risk and cost-benefit analysis to increase the value.
Leading High Performance Teams
You need excellent leadership and communication skills to build a cohesive team. This class provides both a vision of a high performance team and specific guidelines every team leader can follow to improve their team’s performance.
Flexibility and perseverance set high performing teams apart from teams which are merely productive. (2 Days, 15 PDUs)
Leading high performance teams is a goal that every project leader can attain. High performance teams result from a conscious effort to build trust and the behaviors and skills necessary to solve problems cooperatively.
This course is founded on the concept that almost every project is accomplished through the concerted, coordinated work of teams of people. No matter if the teams are part-time volunteers or highly-skilled professionals, their productivity and success is drastically affected by the relationships within the team and their ability to function as a cohesive unit. This class not only provides a vision of a high performance team, but also specific guidelines every team leader can follow to improve their team’s performance.
Project teams have a unique challenge: they come together for a temporary assignment in which they face a special problem. Teams that are successful build a positive team environment and work together to solve problems, even in the face of conflict. This course presents proven communication techniques, explains leadership styles, and details team building principles in the context of the project environment. Through lecture, discussion, and practice participants learn the theory behind the art of managing teams. We make extensive use of role playing and experiential learning to help participants internalize the skills more rapidly.
Leading high performance teams is a very achievable goal. It requires an understanding of the characteristics of high performance, and a solid understanding of the steps to put those in place.
Project Risk Management
Identify and respond to threats and opportunities throughout the project’s lifecycle. Learn the classic risk management techniques and strategies for reducing threats and leveraging opportunities.
Improve business decisions and project performance. Avoiding all risks means avoiding all opportunities. Risk management increases the odds of success. (1 Day, 7 PDUs)
Failure to actively manage project risk is one of the most often cited origins of project failure. This course enables project managers to systematically manage the uncertainty that is inherent in every project so they can minimize the threats without undermining the opportunities. Risk management is a fine balance that the best project managers know how to achieve.
Participants will learn a step-by-step process to pinpoint and respond to project risks that happen throughout the project life cycle, from the initial case through implementation. They will also learn to create specific budgets to account for both known and unknown project risks.Benefits include:
- Improve the bottom line with more accurate cost and schedule estimates.
- Use past successes and pitfalls to improve future performance.
- Recognize and avoid problems before they occur.
- Build executive support for your project through accurate, meaningful reporting.
- Learn to energize your team members by involving them in risk management activities.
Project Management Simulation
Learn by leading a project. Integrate planning, risk and sub-contractor management, stakeholder communication, and other project management techniques to define, plan, and control a project. This course is hands-on, interactive, and challenging. It’s project management training you’ll never forget!
Practice the principles of project management in a rigorous simulation. (2–4 Days, 15–30 PDUs)
Successful project leaders integrate the science and art of project management. The best way to train them to do this is by using project management simulation techniques that expose and elaborate various aspects of project management and allow for realistic situational learning.
Versatile’s project management simulation will challenge and shed new light on your current project management processes, as well as provide many ideas for improvement and innovation in that area.
Learn the proven techniques required to lead projects by experience in a rigorous project simulation. Teams encounter realistic challenges such as scope changes, communication breakdowns, and unexpected stakeholder inputs. Experience the complete lifecycle and practice project management techniques to define, plan, execute, control, and close out a project.
Versatile’s Project Management Simulation is unique among project management programs. Companies in a wide range of industries have used it to improve their project execution and create success. Whether you are training new members on a project team, or refreshing your established project managers, they will find this to be exciting and educational.
This challenging, hands-on training simulation builds confidence as it builds skills to take a project from inception to a successful completion, while producing deliverables and meeting deadlines every step of the way. Simulations in management training are a proven way to increase the excitement, understanding, and retention of course concepts.
This course can be customized to meet the experience level of your audience. For participants with no prior project management education, we can slow it down and add some fundamental exercises to build that foundation. For PMP’s and experienced project managers, this two-day format can also be used to focus on specific project management challenges within your organization such as scope creep or the use of earned value management.
“Unique among project management programs. There is nothing else like it.”
“I attended this 2-day Project Management Simulation and found it to be one of the best classes I’ve ever attended: excellent content, great team interaction, very hands-on, and a quick pace. The PDU’s helped me renew my PMP®. I highly recommend this class to anyone working in project management.”
Beverly Baker-Brooks, PMP
Senior Project Manager, TeleCommunication Systems
Executives have a critical role in project success. This course will help you execute an executive view of project management that will best benefit you and your project team.
When executives have many projects under their span of responsibility it can be difficult to stay involved with all of them. This course is intended for managers and executives responsible for more than one project, whether they are the project manager or have project managers reporting to them. (1/2 to 1 Day)Course Description
It’s very important for your organization to have an executive view of project management, so that the necessary leadership is in place for your projects. This course will be customized to meet the specific interests and needs of your audience, and assist your executives in understanding how they contribute to project success. That way, 100% of the content will be relevant to your organization and your issues. This course is a great option if your management team needs to learn more about project management, but have limited time to attend training.
- Understand how the discipline of project management can increase your productivity, improve communication, and cut development costs.
- Remove the mystery of project success by learning proven techniques to define, plan, and control a project.
- Establish a foundation for project success within your organization with a systematic approach to managing projects.
When executives have many projects under their span of responsibility it can be difficult to stay involved with all of them. This course is intended for managers and executives responsible for more than one project, whether they are the project manager or have project managers reporting to them.Sample Course Topics
- Leading a project based organization
- Overview of the project management discipline
- The value of project management
- Sponsor and management responsibilities on projects
- Capabilities of a mature project-based organization
- The relationship of project management, portfolio management, and strategic planning
Project Management Tips
“Which Tool Should I Use?”
The two most common questions we hear in Versatile’s project management training in Seattle, online, and onsite are:
“Did you tell my boss all this?”
“Which software tool should I use?”
We’ll talk about your boss another time. At Versatile, we like Microsoft Project, because it is full-featured, designed according to project management best practices and is widely available. But there are other options.
Take a look at the resources at www.project-management.com to see what tools they have found.
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