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When Agile is Not an Option: Maximizing the Value of Traditional Projects

This course provides a critical examination of the weaknesses and flaws of the traditional (waterfall) project approach, and then offers strategies to turn this around. Concepts from Project Portfolio Management and Business Analysis are combined with sound Project Management best practices to create a Project Value Management approach that fully supports the product lifecycle. Participants are shown project definition techniques, planning tools, and execution strategies that keep the focus on long-term project value while building a foundation for successful project delivery. Topics include:
  • Problems with traditional projects
  • Reasons to focus on post-project value
  • Product and project lifecycles
  • Managing the project for realization of Business Value
  • Recognizing four levels of project success
  • Choosing the right projects at the right time
  • Impact of the project environment on project delivery
  • Keeping eyes on the prize: Planning projects for long-term value
  • Defeating common sources of project delivery failure
  • Establishing effective change control
  • Current advances in requirements and scope definition
  • A rigorous approach to schedule and resourcing
  • Building and maintaining a robust project budget
  • Why long-term value is dependent on deliverables quality
  • Using proactive risk management to protect cost and time targets
  • Effective forecasting and control with Earned Value Management
  • Delivering the goods: Planning and executing an effective Transition
  • Four requirements for the realization of Business Value
  • Using Project Close to lock in value
Who should attend

This course is of special interest to executives and project sponsors who want more consistent delivery and greater value from their projects, but for whom Agile is not an option; experienced project managers looking for ways to improve the success rate of their traditional projects; and Project Management Office staff looking for ways to enhance the value of their project portfolio.


This course assumes prior project experience in the role of project sponsor, functional manager or project manager, or some understanding of project portfolio management practices.

Course Outline

I. Introduction
  • Current Project Management Methodologies
  • Problems with traditional projects
  • Sources of project success and failure
  • The cost of project failure
  • The central importance of projects
II. Defining Project Success
  • Product and project lifecycles
  • Reasons to focus on post-project value
  • Recognizing four levels of project success
  • Managing the project for realization of Business Value
  • Re-defining Project and Project Management
  • Management and Stakeholder best practices
III. Project Initiation
  • Viewing the project as an investment
  • Choosing the right projects at the right time
  • Defining the project: Business Case and Project Charter
  • Importance of stakeholder engagement
  • Distinguishing project and business objectives
  • Establishing preliminary scope boundaries
  • Developing useful estimates for cost and time
  • Keeping scope, time, cost, and risk in balance
  • Setting stakeholder expectations
IV. Project Planning
  • Defeating common sources of project delivery failure
  • Establishing effective change control
  • Setting stakeholder expectations
  • Developing correct and complete requirements
  • A rigorous approach to scope, schedule, and resourcing
  • Avoiding procurement pitfalls
  • Building and maintaining the project budget
  • Communication strategies that support successful project execution
  • Using deliverables quality to drive long-term value
  • Using proactive risk management to protect cost and time objectives
  • Setting project baselines
  • Keeping eyes on the prize: Planning projects for long-term value
V. Execution and Control
  • Keeping Time, Cost, Scope and Risk in balance
  • Managing project baselines
  • Ensuring the quality of project deliverables
  • Managing issues; Finding opportunity
  • Useful status reports based on Earned Value metrics
  • Forecasting project outcomes
  • Managing stakeholder expectations
  • Planning and executing an effective Transition
  • Four requirements for realization of Business Value
  • Preparing the customer for delivery
VI. Successful Conclusion
  • Executing the Business Value plan
  • Ensuring effective deliverables utilization
  • Contract and administrative closure
  • Lessons Learned
  • Measuring Business Value
VII. Wrap-Up; Q&A
    Why should I take this course?
    • Executives and Senior Managers can take away important best practices that help keep the focus on project Business Value.
    • Project Managers can learn how to leverage the power of critical project management best practices.
    • PMO staff can use the tools and techniques presented to better manage their project portfolios.
    • Take this course and learn how to avoid many of project pitfalls that organizations commonly encounter.
    Learning Approach
    • A highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, numerous hands-on exercises and facilitated discussions, team activities, and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material.
    • You have the option of using your own, ongoing project as the focus of class exercises. As a result, not only do you gain experience with the tools, but you also learn more about your project.
    • 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.
    Use this courseware to teach your students! This course is available under license to qualified Training Providers. Courseware materials include:
    • Instructor slides
    • Instructor manual with timing guide
    • Printed participant guide
    • Train the Trainer instruction
    • Written for classroom or virtual delivery
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    Related Courses
    • For a more complete review of fundamental Project Management concepts, see Effective Project Management (Course 2020)
    • For a thorough examination of Project Portfolio Management, see Project Portfolio Management: What Every Executive Must Know (Course 1016)

    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: 3070
    Duration: 2 days
    Delivery: Virtual or onsite
    Class size: 6 to 20
    · PMP® certified instructor
    · Participant Guide
    · Participation Certificate
    · PM Templates
    · 14 PDUs
      Tech:7 Lead:4 Strat:3

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    Pricing Information
    On-site discounts are available.

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