The Art of Project Management® for IT/IS Projects
Learn the fundamental principles, tools and techniques in managing IT Projects
The seminar presents a standard project management methodology for application in the IT environment, recognizing the nature of project work unique to IT/IS projects.
The courses focuses on the project plan, which is compromised of basically six components: project objectives (requirements, SOW), a work breakdown, (WBS), a project organization (OBS), a project schedule, project baseline (budget) and risk management.
Course leader: Anthony Eve, PMP, P2, MAPM, Director of Consulting, Global Business Management Consultants
By attending this course you will be able to:
- Understand the role of a successful project manager/leader and benchmark your skills
- Plan IT projects effectively and coach others to plan
- Understand each phase of an IT project to enable effective forward planning
- Develop realistic resource plans
- Use an effective project reporting system so that your clients and team will know what stage the project is at, and any changes that have been agreed upon
- Develop effective communication across project teams
- Use simple, user-friendly risk-management tools
- Manage cross-functional and cross-cultural teams
- Motivate and empower team members
- Develop a personal action plan to keep you focused on your tasks
Download full description of the seminar (.pdf, 260 KB).
The Project Management Method
- Why are IT projects different?
- Keys to successfully implement IT projects
- The role of the project manager
- Characteristics of effective project managers
- Who are the key players in IT/IS projects?
- Five basic functions of project management
Participation: The Assessment Inventory for Project Management
You will use this unique 360 degree evaluation tool to evaluate your project management skills and effectiveness.
Effective Project Planning – Tools & Behaviors
- The basic five part project planning model
- Project objectives development by getting requirements from initial client and team meetings
- Statement of work (SOW)
- Criteria for developing WBS
- SDLC - Systems Development Life Cycle
Workshop 1: Structuring and Organizing an IT Project
You will work in groups to create a work breakdown structure for an IT project case study and compare the strengths and weaknesses of your results to those of the other groups.
Scheduling and budgeting
- What does the rest of the plan look like?
- IT project breakdown into tasks
- Tasks scheduling (GANTT and PERT charts)
- Effort and duration estimation
- Matching resources to tasks
- Performance baselines and the budget
Workshop 2: Scheduling the IT Project, developing a resource plan and making trade-offs
- Project managers in different corporate structures
- Characteristics of project management – the people side
- Responsibilities, authority, and networks of alliances
- Power dynamics in teams
- Organizational relationships and the project team
- Influences of different national, corporate, and individual cultures and values
- "Managing by projects"
The Project Leader/ Manager
- The basics of leadership.
- A leadership model for continuous improvement
- Effective cross-functional project team selection
- Team decision-making, delegation, and consensus
- Effect of culture on team performance
- Effect of problem-solving style and management style on team performance and creativity
- Conflicts between project team members, functional managers, and project managers
- Improving the project manager/ senior management interface
Participation: Determining Your Management Style
You will determine your personal problem-solving style and learn techniques to build on your strengths and capitalize on the contrasting strengths of others.
Workshop 3: A Project Planning Situation
In a project simulation, you will have the opportunity to experience the effects of differing management and problem-solving styles on team performance, communications and productivity.
Communications and Motivation
- Techniques for improving project communications
- Getting the most out of meetings
- Project office and control room
- Team participation and involvement
- Stimulating self-motivation and high-performance
- Techniques to motivate individual team members
- Dealing with difficult people and behaviors
Project Risk Management
- Definition of risk
- Risk policies, methodologies and process
- Sources of risk in IT projects
- Quantitative vs. qualitative risk assessment
- Risk mitigation and writing of contingency plans
Workshop 4: You develop a risk management approach.
Working in groups, use the techniques learned to perform a risk analysis and mitigation on the IT project that was planned in earlier workshops.
- Project control through effective communications
- Ingredients of project control: C.O.S.T.
- Need for measuring progress
- A project review meeting
- The need for re-planning and re-baselining
- Using reports for team and client communications
- How often should reports be prepared?
- Keeping the customer informed
Workshop 5: Controlling an IT Project
You will work in groups to create a project reporting system for the IT project you have planned in the previous workshops.
Exercise: Match the Project Management Methodology techniques learnt to the issues and problems identified earlier in the course.
|Instructor||Tony Eve, PMP, P2, MAPM, George Merguerian, PMP|
|Who should attend||IT project managers, IT managers, CIOs, IT engineers, PMO managers|
|Certificate of Attendance||Yes|
|Certification Track||PMP®, IPMA|
|Continuing Education Credits||24 PDUs|
|Available to Buy Online||No|
|Course Fees||€1,100.00 €750.00|
|Partner Institution||Business Management Consultants|
|Days and Hours||Start Date||End Date||Hours per Week|
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