Strategic Project Management

How To Select High-Impact Projects and Deliver Mission-Critical Results

A Two-Day Seminar

Credits: 12 PDUs

A successful project happens because of four distinct components. First, it was the right project. Second, the organization broadly supported it. Third, the project was well-defined and planned. Finally, it was executed well.

The initial selection process determines whether the proposed project deliverable aligns with the organization’s vision, profitability and competitiveness. The project execution process reflects the organization wide project management competency…how well it executes all projects in a repeatable, predictable, and sustainable manner. To do this requires the mastery of a full range of project management skills.

Who Should Attend

  • Business Analysts, Systems Analysts, Requirements Professionals
  • Business Product Owners
  • Project/program managers
  • PMO Directors, Team Leaders, Development Managers, Process Improvement Professionals
  • Management Consultants
  • IT Management at all levels

What You Will Learn

  • Understand how strategic plans will affect project selection
  • Select the high impact projects and abandon low-return projects
  • Apply Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Organizational Project Management Maturity Model to your organization
  • Establish an organization-wide project management discipline
  • Understand the project management life cycle and phases
  • Apply tools to effectively and thoroughly plan the project
  • Master the essential project management skills
  • Perform mid-stream evaluation to decide whether project funding should continue
  • Monitor and communicate project progress at a strategic level
  • Manage multiple projects
  • Identify and track quality and project metrics
  • Bring projects to closure
  • Create a learning organization for sustainable, strategic results

Seminar Outline

I. Project Management Overview

  • What is a Project?
  • What Drives Success?
  • Constraints
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • 5 Process Groups
  • 10 Knowledge Areas
  • PMI:  Succeed or Fail?

Getting Organized

  • Project Selection
  • Strategic Alignment
  • Prioritization Matrix
  • Develop Project Charter
  • Managing Stakeholders

Project Planning

  • Defining Scope
  • Statement of Work
  • The Communication Plan
  • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Identifying Work Packages
  • Estimating
  • Task Dependencies
    • Create a T-chart
  • Network Diagram
    • Critical Path
  • Task Sequencing
  • Gantt Chart
  • Tracking Resources
  • Resource Leveling and Planning
  • Risk Planning
    • Risk Analysis
    • Risk Management Checklist
  • Project Management Plan
  • Project Kick-Off

Managing Projects

  • Executive Dashboard
  • Status Reports
  • Change Management
  • Monitor and Control Tasks
  • Reviews
  • Issue Log
  • Control Checklist

Closing Projects

  • Transition Activities
  • Validate Completion
  • Closure Report
  • Lessons Learned Analysis
  • Celebrate!
  • What’s Next?


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