Project Know-how for New Managers
About the Course
For organizations, large and small, in every economic sector, project management creates new value. For this reason, it has grown rapidly into a business-critical practice, one with unique challenges, responsibilities, concepts, methods and tools.
This course provides an in-depth orientation to the 21st Century practice. It offers participants the opportunity to learn how to model the business contexts of projects, to plan projects based on these models, and to track implementation based on project plans. Designed especially for premier enterprises using the plan-driven or "waterfall" approach to strategic projects, it offers training aligned both to the PMBOK® and to the firm's unique project portfolio.
The course is tailored to participants new to project management in general or to waterfall. It offers them a hands-on, in-depth orientation to the core plan-driven methodologies: Work Breakdown Structures, Critical Path, and Earned Value Management. The main learning activities are project-based and personal. Each participant explores how these methodologies could help tackle a project that she chooses from her functional area. Participants learn these methodologies by using them, in a low-risk setting, to create project management work products for their projects. With the course facilitator acting as coach and mentor, they have a chance to do this work using the cloud-based tools that distinguish 21st century project management. Related learning activities include technical walkthroughs of their work products, collaboration with other participants in their planning processes, and role-playing project sponsors.
Well-established firms in any industry* with
- Managers new to long-term, strategic project work
- Decision-makers wishing to enhance the project management maturity of their organizations by practical training aligned to the PMBOK
- Executives, top managers or PMO's wishing an orientation to project management (PM) situated in their firm and addressing its work authentically
Participant Minimum = 6; Maximum = 12
*Start ups, agile project teams, agile IT functions, or global "fast" companies may prefer our case study, IT Project Launch in Asia Pacific, as an orientation to PM
24 - 30 hours
- Workbook (c. 70 pages)
- Cloud-based project management platform (provided by Cogent Language, participant, or participant firm)
PM knowledge (know-how "in the head”)
PM software skills (know-how "in the hands")
PM work products re chosen project (know-how "in the world”)
(see sample list set out below)
Coping with Conflicting Values
Coping with Resource Constraint
Getting Budget and Plan Approval
Tracking and Controlling Project
Coping with Risk, Conflict
Modeling Business Context and Case
Stakeholder Modeling/Engagement Planning
Modeling the Project Community
Risk Identification and Modeling
Scope Modeling (Verbal, Logical, Quantitative)
Critical Path Methodology (CPM)
Project Management Plan
Earned Value Management (EVM)
Managing Knowledge and Process Assets
PM Work Products*
SWOT Analysis, Context Diagram
Stakeholder Register and Engagement Plan
Scope Statement, WBS, Sample Requirements and Specs
Estimates of Task Resource, Duration, Cost
Project Schedules (Work Package and Milestone)
Walkthrough of Plan, Cost Performance Baseline
Status Report Template, EVM Metrics and Reporting
*Sample products. Those targeted are tailored to each class.
All Cogent Language courses are built by a consistent design pattern. The pattern is project-based learning (PBL). As is "progressive elaboration" in project management, PBL is constructive, collaborative, cumulative, fast-paced, visual, and fit to participants. Here how it works in this course, Project Know-how for New Managers.
After selecting a past, present, or future project in their organization, participants role play the project manager planning it. Each constructs the core of a waterfall project management plan, including scope, schedule, and cost-performance baselines.
In each session, participants walk-thru their work products in a pair or small group. They thus have a structured opportunity to get feedback on their work from members and the facilitator, and to offer coaching and advice on members' work products and practice.
In this course, the main learning activities are not topics presented by the instructor - they are tasks participants do pertinent to projects of interest to them. Each task builds on previous ones, with participants incorporating the work and advice of teammates into their own work products. The technologies facilitating this cumulative work are the cloud-based project management platforms introduced in the class.
In order to frame, address, and relate the topics in the ambitious agenda above, the course moves quickly. For follow up by individuals and/or teams, the course workbook provides references to PMBOK® 6 and other project management references.
Explanations and task work for the course are scaffolded by diagrams, tables, and other structural models in the course workbook and in the presentation of the instructor. The learning process of the class makes extensive use of sketching, whiteboards, and cloud-based project management platforms.
For each group, the facilitator customizes agenda and interaction. Group size is kept small so individuals can benefit from coaching. By way of coaching and interaction, each participant has streams of helpful input focused on the local project that she has chosen. S/he can develop a continued learning plan to bridge any gaps in her skill set by way of the templates in the workbook, including references to specific sections of PMBOK® 6 and other sources informing project management practice going forward.