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.

Audiences

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

Pre-work/Prequisites

None

Class Size

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


Duration

24 - 30 hours

Media

  • Workbook (c. 70 pages)
  • Cloud-based project management platform (provided by Cogent Language, participant, or participant firm)

Take-Aways

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)

Agenda

PM Challenges

Complexity

Clarifying Purpose

Building Trust

Coping with Conflicting Values

Handling Risk

Defining Scope

Developing Schedule

Coping with Resource Constraint

Getting Budget and Plan Approval

Tracking and Controlling Project

Coping with Risk, Conflict

Project Amnesia


PM Practice

Systems Modeling

Modeling Business Context and Case

Stakeholder Modeling/Engagement Planning

Modeling the Project Community

Risk Identification and Modeling

Scope Modeling (Verbal, Logical, Quantitative)

Modeling Tasks

Critical Path Methodology (CPM)

Project Management Plan

Earned Value Management (EVM)

Leadership/interpersonal skills

Managing Knowledge and Process Assets


PM Work Products*

(Project Selection)

SWOT Analysis, Context Diagram

Stakeholder Register and Engagement Plan

Project Charter

Risk Register

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.

Approach

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.

Constructive

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.

Collaborative

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.

Cumulative

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.

Fast-paced

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.

Visual

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.

Personal

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.