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What We Offer 

Our program is unlike any other project management training available. We offer a dual focus on management and technical issues, with a comprehensive and integrated curriculum that ties each project back to the company’s strategic objectives. Research and industry best practices are combined to deliver a dynamic end product. We offer a decision-driven project framework that is structured with a stage-gate process with milestone decision gates that address uncertainty and risk in discrete and manageable steps. We explore the full spectrum of project structures, from small independent projects to complex interconnected projects with shifting goal posts. Remote, Internet-based virtual learning meets face-to-face classroom structure creating a time-efficient educational environment. Our curriculum is flexible and customized by each participant through core courses and electives.

Project Management Certificate

Expand each section below for more detailed program information.

  • Developing the Project Business Case

    This program focuses on how to build a sound business case for pursuing potential opportunities in the face of significant risk and uncertainty. Participants will be able to scale a general stage-gate planning template and set up the appropriate governance and assurance process. Along with economic drivers, technical and non-technical risks are considered in the framing process that leads to an opportunity roadmap with value drivers and goals linked to corporate strategy.

    TOPICS

    Opportunity Management Framework
    - Why opportunities succeed or fail
    - Stage-gate theory
    - Governance and assurance
    - Deliverables and hand-offs

    Conceptualizing the Opportunity
    - Selling the idea
    - Stakeholder engagement
    - Sustainable development
    - Unintended consequences

    Framing the Opportunity
    - Links to corporate strategy
    - Defining the opportunity statement
    - Establishing value drivers and goals
    - Develop an opportunity roadmap

    Evaluating the Opportunity
    - OPEX and CAPEX considerations
    - Cash flow analysis
    - Economic evaluation
    - The impact of uncertainty
  • Managing Information Technology Projects

    The statistics on failed information technology projects are dismal and have been for decades. This course focuses on project management strategies that can improve success rates. We will address the major challenges faced by information technology project managers. You will leave with a comprehensive toolkit for successfully aligning business strategy with technology strategy, and for enabling better communication and coordination among global project development teams, business functions, and vendors. We will also present strategies for managing change—an essential feature of information technology projects.

    TOPICS

    Aligning Technology with Business
    - Evaluate and manage risk
    - Identify stakeholders
    - Maximize value added by IT
    - Define requirements

    Managing Project Execution
    - Communicate, monitor and intervene
    - Integrate business units, vendors, and clients
    - Contain cost and maintain schedule

    Managing Change
    - Accelerate learning and reduce complexity
    - Establish and manage staging environments
    - Just-in-time decisions and rapid-fire fulfillment
    - Plan for change

    Creating a Productive Culture
    - Ensure quality
    - Enhance learning with continuous improvement
    - Post-production enhancements and maintenance
  • Managing Project Execution

    Participants will master the direction of the execution phase to a successful conclusion. After building the proper cultural environment, the manager will be able to monitor progress and intervene only when and where necessary. Scope is controlled through a change control process that is scaled appropriately to the level of definition. Various conflict resolution modalities are brought into play when problems cannot be avoided through early detection and recovery planning.

    TOPICS

    Creating a Safe and Productive Culture
    - Health, safety and security
    - Quality management
    - Productivity issues
    - Tools for building culture

    Monitoring and Controlling Execution
    - Monitoring progress
    - Earned value
    - Intervention
    - Recovery planning

    Change Management
    - Change control process
    - Scope creep, shift and change
    - Recycling
    - How to say “no”

    Conflict Resolution
    - Recognizing the signs
    - Negotiation
    - Litigation
    - Mediation
  • Planning the Successful Project

    You will develop a robust execution plan that captures the cost, schedule and resource requirements in the face of significant risk and uncertainty. The participant will be able to identify and address risks at the proper level using a comprehensive risk management process. The potential impact on cost and schedule is described using range estimates and mitigated through a contracting strategy that allocates risks appropriately.

    TOPICS

    Specifying Requirements
    - Understanding trade-offs and priorities
    - Concept evaluation and selection
    - Scope development
    - Value-improving practices

    Creating the Plan
    - Work breakdown structure
    - Cost estimation
    - Organizing the schedule
    - Resource allocation

    Risk Management and Impact on the Plan
    - Identifying and specifying risks
    - Risk management process
    - Range estimates
    - Impact risk on cost and schedule

    Contracting Strategy
    - Tiered contracting principles
    - Risk allocation through contracts
    - International contracting challenges
    - Interfaces and the “contracting quilt”