Just Enough Project Management
Simplified project management workshops without needless complexity
Projects fulfill the business strategy of a company. The Just Enough Project Management suite of workshops simplifies the frequently needless complexity of project management to focus on key project management skills. They are ideal for professional as well as “incidental” project managers and team members who need to add project management to their functional role. Completion of these workshops builds mastery of the “craft” of project management: combining the science of project management tools and processes with the art of creating relationships for strong collaboration and stakeholder satisfaction.
Key project management skills
Length: 1 or 2 days
Maximizing contribution, accountability, and collaboration
Length: 2 days
(available as both a classroom and instructor-led online course)
Practical know-how and tools
The Fast Ramp to Key Project Management Skills Workshop offers a deeper dive beyond the grounding of the Project Management Fundamentals Workshop into practical tools and their situational application–how to put the fundamentals into action on a variety of projects, step by step in each project phase. It offers insight and tips on how to handle common project hurdles and how to use project management flexibly, practically, and effectively on your projects.
New project managers will get up to speed with high-leverage concepts, new tools and skills, and increased confidence. Experienced project managers will discover ways to adapt and use “just enough” project management without losing important touchstones. Everyone will gain hands-on experience with new tools and leave with a next-step action plan to help you try out high-leverage techniques right away.
14 PDU’s classroom or 12 PDU’s online
Length: 2 days classroom or six 2-hour weekly sessions online
Achieving realistic, committed schedules on any project
The Project Planning Workshop teaches in–depth step-by-step project planning techniques for creating sound schedules that the team can buy into and successfully execute. Participants solve planning challenges in the roles of project managers, leads and team members in a cross-functional planning process. The workshop covers the collaborative use of practical tools such as milestone charts, quality and release criteria, estimating techniques, review checklists, tradeoff analysis, and budget/cost worksheets, all aimed at getting to a thorough, doable, team-committed schedule.
Length: 1 day
Managing the “known” with an eye towards the “unknown”
Length: 1 day
Managing collaboration for project success
The Project Team Leadership Workshop shows project Team Leaders how to be far more than the chief implementer of project management “mechanics.” Developing the team, encouraging open communication, influencing effectively, reaching effective decisions and managing conflict are all part of leading a project. Participants learn how optimize solid project manager skills and what it means to add the leadership skill to achieve project success.
Length: 1½ days
Clearing the path to deliver business value
The Project Sponsor Workshop provides a briefing for project sponsors on how to play their vital role in ensuring projects deliver business value. It addresses the perspective and tools a sponsor needs to provide effective leadership for a project team – keeping it focused on the business objective, helping it move through decisions, and removing organizational barriers to project success. It also guides sponsors on how to set expectations and clarify sponsor, team leader, and team roles and responsibilities up front. Sponsors learn how to welcome the negotiation of time, resources, and scope as a way to help ensure project results meet business goals.
Length: 4 hours