Executive Overview: Managing the Successful-Project Climate


Why This Course (2 hours)

In an era of increased emphasis on Management By Project, few organizations are fully realizing the benefits possible. Your opportunity is to build a climate that supports effective project practices: accurate and useful estimates, accelerated delivery, project partnerships, an emphasis on quality, alternatives analysis, and two-way communication. Then you support that climate with consistent methods and improved tools for project estimating and project management.

This Executive Overview provides key managers and executives with a better understanding of the steps they can take to improve their organization’s project management. It identifies the information they should expect from their Project Managers in order to improve project return-on-investment, and describes the items to pay attention to in order to continue improvement.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the problems facing today’s projects, and the actions a manager can take to improve the project environment.
  • Identify the vital signs that the manager monitors in order to determine his or her staff’s chances of project success.
  • Discuss the tools and techniques that the skilled Project Manager uses, and identify the benefits of consistent use of those techniques. Identify the key questions a manager asks, in order to assure that proper project management techniques are being used.
  • Discuss the impact a manager has on the development of Project Managers, and the climate the ideal project operates within.

Audience

This overview is for the top Executives in organizations whose staff has benefited from our Project Management learning experiences. We customize the content to your organization’s issues, using this sample outline as a starting-point, and then interviewing key participants to craft the messages that will have the greatest impact for you.

The intended audience is key managers and executives who direct the efforts of Project Managers and teams. We can also tailor the level of the information and duration to the level of Manager involved, from the Executive Suite to Middle Managers.

Course Outline

1. Themes Of A Successful Project Climate
  • Today’s Challenges
  • The Emergence of Management By Projects
  • The Vital Signs of Successful Projects;
  • The Importance of Communication
  • The Customer Partnership; Customer Involvement
  • Focus Areas For Improving Effectiveness
2. Project Management Skills
  • Project Types and Strategies
  • Problem-Solving and Opportunity-Seizing
  • Work Planning Skills; Life Cycles
  • Early Project Estimating; The Greatest Factors That Make Estimates Wrong
  • Improving Management Information With Assumptions-Based Estimating
  • Scheduling: Getting Rid of Can’t Charts; Faster/Cheaper/Better Trade-offs
  • An Ideal Tracking and Reporting System
  • Summary
3. The Manager’s Role In Building Better Projects
  • Prioritization and Resource Management
  • Managing World-Class Project Performance
  • Focus on Leadership Style; the Spectrum of Project Manager’s Activities
  • The Manager’s Impact On the Successful-Project Climate
  • Summary