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Advanced Techniques in Project Management

The Challenge
Most project management training today is either introductory in nature or focused on helping students to pass an exam. While PM certification certainly has its merits, training of this kind generally does NOT prepare anyone for the significant issues that project managers routinely face in real world projects. Experienced project managers already know the basics; they need insights into the more difficult challenges that they face every day in truly complex and high profile projects.

The Solution
Advanced Techniques in Project Management (ATPM) is a novel training program that begins where most PM training ends. This course of training assumes that attendees are familiar with the PMBOK® and that they have substantial project management experience. The goal of this program is no less than to raise the bar and bring attendees’ project management practice to a new and much more effective level. This is accomplished by providing students with hands-on training in a series of advanced concepts, tools and techniques that have been shown to drive project success.

The Program
ATPM is composed of an initial 2-day course, Foundation for Project Success, followed by a series of workshops, each of which lasts 1 or 2 days. Foundation for Project Success establishes both context and framework for the workshops that follow. During this course, many of the most significant issues in current project management practice are raised and solutions are proposed for each. These solutions are examined in detail in the workshops. This format a llows participants to start with the Big Picture and then focus on solutions for the specific issues that they most commonly encounter during their projects. Class format is truly multimodal, with a mixture of exercises, simulations, group discussions, individual discovery and lecture. Ample time is provided for hands-on exercises, class discussion and application of advanced concepts to real-world problems. At the end of this course, even highly experienced practitioners can walk away with a long list of actionable steps they can use to bring success to their projects.

Who should attend
This program can benefit project managers and team leads who are looking for guidance that is not found in the standard project management curriculum; managers of project mangers; functional managers with project responsibility; and Project Management Office staff.

This program of training assumes experience in the role of project manager.

Training Program Outline

3010-01 Foundation for Project Success – 2 days

This course is a prerequisite for all ATPM workshops. Any combination of ATPM workshops may be packaged together with the Foundations course. We can help you to create a curriculum that best suits your organization's needs. Topics covered during this two day course include:
  • Project Portfolio Management as the underlying context
  • How projects support strategy
  • Project and product lifecycles
  • Projects as Business Value Delivery machines
  • The project as seen through many eyes
  • Expanding the role of the project manager
  • Where Project Success comes from
  • How each project role contributes to success
  • Moving beyond the "science" of PM
  • Knowing your stakeholders
  • Importance of managing expectations
  • Organizational Adoption
  • Project Stewardship
  • Defining success and assigning accountability
  • Articulating issues; Proposing solutions
  • Project Management as part of a bigger picture
  • Next steps
  • 3010-10 Stakeholders – Identification and management
  • 3010-11 Requirements Definition for the PM – In depth look at a vital process
  • 3010-12 Organizational Change Management – Overcoming resistance to change
  • 3010-13 Earned Value – Turning on the Lights
  • 3010-14 Project Cost – Keeping cost in check
  • 3010-15 Project Leadership – Getting the best out of people
  • 3010-16 Project Risk – Finding opportunities
  • 3010-17 Program Management – Working with a bigger picture
  • 3010-18 Transition – Delivering the goods
Program Packages

The following pre-defined program packages are available:

3010-50 ATPM: Focus on Project Cost Containment (4 days)
  • Foundation for Project Success
  • Project Cost
  • Earned Value
3010-55 ATPM: Focus on People in Projects (7 days)
  • Foundation for Project Success
  • Stakeholders
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Project Leadership
3010-60 ATPM: Focus on Project Delivery (5 days)
  • Foundation for Project Success
  • Transition
  • Organizational Change Management
Learning Approach
  • A highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, numerous hands-on exercises, team activities, group discussions, individual discovery and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material.
  • We will build on your prior experience in this topic, while providing you with numerous advanced tools and techniques that you can put to use as soon as you get home.
  • You will receive a Student Guide for each section of the program. These guides will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
Why should I take this course?
  • Find solutions to problems that you face in your projects every day.
  • The exercises in this course will give you the hands on experience you need to put the tools presented to immediate use.
  • Experienced project managers will obtain insights that should help them solve common and persistent problems.
  • All participants take home a set of tools and techniques to help them deal with all aspects of project planning and execution.
  • Take this course and learn how to avoid the problems that project managers most often encounter.

Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We offer virtual delivery of the training program you need. Call us: +1.919.495.7371.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide, and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 3010
Duration: Initial course, Foundation for Project Success, lasts 2 days. Students may then choose from any of the workshops in the ATPM program..
Class size: 6 to 24
· PMP® certified instruction
· Student Guide
· Participation Certificate
· CD packed with high quality Project Management templates
· 12 PDUs/Contact Hours in project management education
Download this course description as a printable PDF document.
Pricing Information
On-site discounts are available.
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