Project Management 201

Optimizing Project Results

A Two-Day Seminar

Delivering Results on Mission-Critical Projects

Over time, experienced project managers need higher-order tools and abilities that will enable them to deal with larger mission-critical projects and/or to navigate and manage the challenges of more complex projects. Projects with the biggest potential for bottom-line impact usually have the biggest barriers to success. These projects also have the strongest need to validate achievement of the expected ROI.
To help experienced project managers take the next step in their abilities, Orion has created the Project Management 201 program. In this seminar, we will explore three dimensions that contribute to successful outcomes:
  • Clearly defining success from the onset and building a plan that enables progress measurement
  • Effectively managing the challenges that come with complex projects
  • Dealing with failures points and problems that threaten to derail the project

Who Should Attend

  • Director of Project Management
  • Finance Manager
  • Project Office Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Project Cost Accountant
  • Process Improvement Manager
  • Project Team Member
  • Candidate for the Project Management Professional

What You Will Learn

  • Fine-tune project plan to ensure clear definition of expected and measurable project outcomes
  • Adjust project execution to keep projects on track as the environment changes
  • Apply quality and process management tools to improve project performance
  • Quantify and respond to emerging risks
  • Navigate the people side of projects involving cross-functional change

Seminar Outline

I. Establish Framework for Project Success

  • Create a quantifiable business case
  • Clearly define expected outcomes
  • Build a scalable framework for capital and tactical projects of all sizes
  • Confirm the right level of detail for the WBS
  • Estimate costs and create the budget

II. Measure and Manage Progress

  • Establish status reporting process and protocol
  • Capture project task data
  • Manage project risks and changes

III. Use Quality Tools to Enhance Performance

  • Analyze data and identify current and potential gaps
  • System map
  • Pareto
  • Histogram
  • Trend charts

IV. Manage Stakeholders

  • Obtain stakeholder commitment
  • Apply techniques and strategies to manage stakeholder influences and contributions

V. Project Closure and Success Validation

  • Confirm completion
  • Collect final data
  • Evaluate results