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People in Projects: Foundation for Project Success

The Challenge
People are the ultimate source of project success and failure. This has been documented over and again in the CHAOS Study by the Standish Group. While capable of great accomplishments, people are also the usual cause of project failure through unrealistic expectations, poor communication, lack of executive support, inadequate customer involvement and much more. If we are to make our projects reproducibly successful, we must find solutions to these problems.

The Solution
This advanced Project Management course moves beyond the standard project management curriculum by speaking directly to the primary causes of project success and failure. Every topic provides insight into root cause and then presents steps that participants can take to turn potential weakness into a source of strength. Participants are led through a series of exercises, each of which contributes to a Personal Action Plan. They leave with concrete, actionable plans that they can use to overcome obstacles, energize their work environment, and leverage the skills and aspirations of everyone involved in their project. Learning Objectives include:
  • Learn factors that can make or break a project or program
  • Bring a Business Perspective into your projects
  • Appreciate the importance of the project environment
  • Understand the true value in each project role
  • Discover how to hold effective meetings in your organization
  • Learn how everyone can win the Estimation Game
  • Discover how to make Opportunities appear in a sea of project risk
  • Fighting resistance to change; obtaining Organizational Adoption
  • Find out how to turn Lessons Recorded into Lessons Learned
  • Learn what you can do to create a Culture of Success
Who should attend
This advanced PM course can benefit Project Managers, Managers of Project Mangers, Functional Managers and Executives with project responsibility, Project Management Office staff.


This PM course assumes familiarity with basic project management concepts as well as some experience in the planning and execution of projects. It is not required that attendees complete any specific project management training in advance, but completion of Effective Project Management or Project Management for Technical Professionals is helpful (see the Project Foundations curriculum.)

Course Outline (Topics vary with duration of course)
  • Sources of project success
  • Human Factors at work
  • Why people are the source of project success and failure
  • Critical role of the Project Manager
  • Leveraging the power of each project role
  • How to survive in a dysfunctional organizational culture
Project Initiation
  • Human Factors approach to defining a project
  • Distinguishing project objectives from Business Value
  • Surviving the lunacy of project estimation
  • Managing expectations
  • The Project Charter – essential tool for gaining consensus
Project Planning
  • Objectives, Best Practice and Roles
  • A Human Factors view of project planning
  • Enhanced Stakeholder Analysis
  • Good Meetings Practice
  • The Leader / Manager in each of us
  • The Energized Project Team
  • Client Rapport
  • Impact of organizational culture on project planning
Project Execution & Control
  • Objectives, Best Practices and Roles
  • A Human Factors view of project execution and control
  • Effective Project Status
  • Finding Opportunity in a Sea of Risk
  • Leading people to embrace change
  • Getting decisions when you need them
  • Impact of culture on project execution and control
Project Close
  • Why Lessons Learned Aren't and what we can do
  • Getting credit for work well done
  • The Art of Celebration
  • Impact of culture on Project Close
Wrap-Up Discussion
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 the structure and vocabulary of an effective project management practice to use in all of your future projects.
  • If you have modest project management knowledge, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Student Guide which will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
  • Training includes instruction in the use of advanced Project Management templates.
Why should I take this course?
  • Even experienced project managers can obtain insights that will help them solve common and persistent problems.
  • People in Projects delves into areas of project management that, although seldom discussed, are nonetheless central to project success. Take home a whole new set of tools and techniques.
  • Take this PM training and learn what you can do to ensure that your projects get off to a great start and stays there all the way to the finish line.
  • PMP®s can move beyond PMBOK® theory to find solutions to problems that they face in their projects every day.
  • The exercises in this project course will give you the hands on experience you need to put new tools to immediate use.

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: 3015
Duration: 2 - 4 days
Class size: 6 - 24
· PMP® certified instruction
· Student Guide
· Participation Certificate
· 12 - 24 PDUs

Download this course description as a printable PDF document.
Pricing Information
On-site discounts are available.
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