Having good project management skills is important to your career, no matter what line of work you’re in. It shows you can take an idea and execute it. And that earns you the trust, visibility and reputation that can move you ahead. This newly updated training program equips you with the skills you need to become the kind of project manager who knows how to make things happen, get results, and stay in complete control from beginning to end.
- The 5 Major Benefits of Having a Skilled Project Manager in Control
- 10 Questions that Can Help Gauge Your Project’s Progress
- How to Write – and Format – a Plan People Will Buy Into
- The 4 Cornerstones of a Project Goal: Time, Target, Budget, and “So What”
- Ways to Roll with Client Changes… and Still Stick to Your Deadlines
- PERT/CPM and Gantt Charts – What They are and How to Use Them in Planning and Scheduling Your Projects
- Monitoring Your Project’s Progress: 5 Ways to Make Sure You’re On Time and On Track
- Correcting Your Course – Immediate Steps to Take If and When Your Plan Starts to Veer
- How to Estimate Project Costs, and Stay on Top of Your Expenditures
- When and How to Wrap Up a Project
- Why It’s Important to Recognize Achievement and How to Publicize What You and Your Team Accomplished
- Tips on Putting the Power of Your PC to Work in Managing Your Projects
- How to Avoid “Micromanaging” Your Projects
Disc 1 (49 Min) – Understanding the role the project manager plays. 17 tools of your trade: charts, worksheets and other “helpers” you’ll use to manage projects
12 terms you need to know cold so you can “talk the talk” – 10 questions that can help gauge your project’s progress – How to break your project into 4 manageable phases: 1) Planning, 2) Scheduling, 3) Controlling, and 4) Terminating. The 4 C’s at the heard of every good plan. How to write——and format——a plan that management and clients will buy into.
Disc 2 (1 Hr 12 Min) – Ways to network with the key stakeholders of your project
The 4 cornerstones of a project goal: time, target, budget and “so what” – Ways to roll with client changes and still stick to your deadlines – Using benchmarks to prevent the “flat forehead syndrome” – How to create a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) and use it to organize your project and assign responsibilities
PERT/CPM and GANTT charts——what they are and how to use them in planning and scheduling your projects.
Disc 3 (55 Min) – How to estimate the time things will take: 5 tools to help you set deadlines and timelines more accurately – Conducting “what if” analysis: how to anticipate “glitches” and be ready with options when they hit – Monitoring your project’s progress – 5 tips to make sure you’re on time and on track – Immediate steps to take if and when your plan starts to veer off course – The ABCs of project budgeting – 7 benefits of a well-researched, realistic budget – The pitfalls of an “over-restrictiveî budget – 2 common kinds of budgets – The 3 kinds of responses you’ll incur and how to plan for each – Zero-based budgets: how they work and when to use one.
Disc 4 (1 Hr 20 Min) – The role GANTT charts, histograms and line graphs in preparing budgets – How to estimate project costs and stay on top of your expenditures – Squeezing all you can out of the resources you have – Resource loading and leveling: how to allocate resources for maximum payback – Using a “crash path analysis” to determine the feasibility of accelerating certain project tasks – The “phase out” stage: when and how to wrap up a project – Celebrating your project’s success: why it’s important to recognize and publicize what you and your team accomplished – 3 traits of every successful project manager.