Project Planning BreakthroughsLength: 3 Cost: $1,295 + GST Version: Project
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About this Course
The Project Planning Breakthroughs Workshop focuses on the challenge of providing practical improvement
Anyone, novice or veteran, who manages, supports or initiates projects.
At Course Completion
• Develop a complete and comprehensive Objective Statement; the foundation of a successful project
Projects have existed since before the Pyramids, and yet as a professional discipline it is relatively new.
We start by looking at the development of project management in both traditional and non-traditional
project organizations. Here we discover the challenge of the Two Worlds of Work and how Project work
differs from Operational work and identify where projects come from. We then examine the five stages
in a new framework for managing assignments and project. As well, we discuss how project management
fits in with Strategic Planning.
Unit 1 Genesis:
In the beginning… This unit looks at how we clarify exactly what the project is all about and what it is to
achieve. Through the use of an Objective Statement, we define the Project Charter along with the Scope
Statement in a unique but powerful format. Along with this we examine the roles and responsibilities within the project team, especially the crucial relationship between the Project Manager and the Project Sponsor.
Unit 2 Design:
In any successful project it is imperative that we determine “what” is going to be created before
figuring out “how” to create it. This unit focuses on the requirements for both the conceptual and
the detailed design. It is here that the fundamental elements of Performance Criteria are brought
to bear. “When we are all finished, what will we measure the final outcome to determine our level
Unit 3 Execution Planning:
Whether you are a novice just starting out on your first project, or you are a seasoned veteran who’s been
involved with projects for decades, this is the unit that will pay the largest dividends. The PPB program
will present a unique, world-class combination of methods, tools and skills that will produce the most
effective execution plan in the most efficient manner. Through the use of generically crafted case-studies,
we will discover how easy it is to determine the tasks, their duration, dependencies and schedule. Also,
we will allocate resources and through an ingenious technique, resolve even the toughest resource
conflicts. To top it off, we will tackle the thorny issue of project budget, as well as the costs of ‘crashing’
(shrinking) the project schedule.
Unit 4 Execution:
Once the Execution Plan is complete we need to consider the reality of change and its implication on
the project and the four interdependent variables – Quality, Scope, Schedule and Cost. Here we investigate
the challenge of handling incremental as well as transformation change. The latter is tackled through
a step-by-step approach that is designed to dissipate the ever-present possibility of panic. The other key
challenge at this point is how does the individual or small team deal with their respective tasks. And at the
same time, how do they cope with the challenge of Two Worlds of Work… their operational commitments
and their project commitments.
Unit 5 Reviews:
Nothing is worse than going through all the effort and heartache of a project, good or bad, only to rush off at
the end without the satisfaction of bringing about final closure. In this unit we will counter the age-old excuse;
‘I don’t have time.’ The time spent here is often repaid many times over as important lessons are remembered
and passed on to other project teams. Our unique ‘3-review’ process ensures a positive morale
boost as participants and nonparticipants alike enjoy the satisfaction of seeing a job come to full completion.
successful influencing experience.