In Advanced Project Management, participants will learn...
- What factors to use to evaluate projects
- How detailed the WBS should be
- What the critical path is and how changes can shorten a schedule
- Who the customer is, how to determine his or her needs and define and document requirements
- How to adjust a project strategy and make informed decisions based upon project performance
- About Earned Value Management
- How risk management impacts project management
The SkillPath Corporate Strategies’ Advanced Project Management training course will increase your employees’ understanding of how to select and prioritize projects, define customer needs, use the Work Breakdown Structure to ensure no tasks are left behind, prevent dependencies from negatively affecting the project schedule and establish a performance measurement baseline. They’ll learn how to make strategic decisions to avoid delays, disruptions and extra work, and expedite your organization’s goals.
Who will benefit from this training
Self-directed work groups
Anyone responsible for directing and/or managing projects
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Project selection and prioritization+
- What criteria should be considered when selecting projects?
- What factors should we use to evaluate projects?
- When considering how to select or prioritize projects, use various selection models
- The decision-making process and how to use it to prioritize projects
- Utilizing these appraisal techniques can improve project prioritization
- Maintaining a high return on investment by prioritizing projects
What does the customer need?+
- Who is the customer?
- Don’t be afraid to ask the customer what his or her needs are (ask the right questions)
- Defining requirements requires a high level of communication
- Business requirements
- Document the customer requirements in an understandable format
Creating the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)+
- What is the Work Breakdown Structure?
- What are the elements of the WBS?
- Coding WBS in a standardized way
- Consider using WBS Dictionary to help communicate
- How detailed should the WBS be?
- An easy and fun way to use the WBS to list all tasks and help ensure no tasks are left behind
Going beyond the basics of scheduling+
- Understanding dependencies and how they affect the project schedule
- What are the four types of dependencies most often used by project managers?
- How do project constraints affect the schedule?
- An explanation of the constraints that can be used in project management
- Using PERT analysis to determine task duration
- What the critical path is and how changes can shorten the schedule
- A sure-fire process to shorten a project, but with it there will be a cost
Earned Value Management+
- What is Earned Value Analysis and why use it?
- Understanding the terms behind Earned Value Management (EVM)
- Define EVM Performance Measures
- Establish a performance measurement baseline
- Calculate cost and schedule variances and indexes and use them to monitor project performance
- Adjust project strategy and make informed decisions based upon project performance
- Forecast the results of a project using earned value
- Understanding how risk can affect the outcome of a project
- Steps to identifying risk involved in the project
- Determining the probability of the risk’s occurring
- Once the risks are identified, determine the impact of each one on the project
- The risks are prioritized—what do we do next? (quantifying the risk)
- How to deal with the risks now that they are on paper