Executive View of Project Management

Course Duration:        1/2 day

Course Description:
This seminar provides an executive overview to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline.  During the course, project management “best practices” will be introduced, and put into context through various exercises and scenarios.  This workshop is designed to introduce the busy executive to the world or project management and its benefits to the organization.

Attendee Profile:
C-level executives, senior management, or any leader within the organization that wishes to learn more about project management as a discipline.

Course Goals:

  • Understand how the discipline of project management can increase your productivity, improve communication and cut development costs
  • Remove the mystery of project success by learning proven techniques to define, plan and control a project
  • Establish a foundation for project success within your organization with a systematic approach to managing projects
  • Create awareness of project management terms, processes, tools and ideas
  • Learn core project management processes and tools
  • Provide executives with effective responses to reinforce project management as a discipline

Course Outline:

The Value of Project Management
Opening Exercise
Course Objectives
Why am I here?
Value of PM to Organizations
Exercise – Assess your organization

Project Management Core Concepts
What is a project?
Related concepts
Why do we do projects?
Exercise – Create a paper airplane
Project Management definition
What it is and what it’s NOT!
Project Management Institute
PMBOK® Guide processes
Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle
The Iron Triangle
Discussion – Project Objectives
Juggling the objectives
Organizational Structures
Factors that influence projects
Project-based organizations
Concerns for Project Managers
Exercise – Risk vs. Exposure
Risk Management
Issues Management
Cost Management
Time Management
Scope Management
Resource Management
Discussion – What is Quality?
Quality Management

Executive Roles in Project Management
Importance of Executive Support
Setting a clear, shared vision
Executive Roles
The role of PMBOK® Guide processes
Getting/Giving Buy-In
Project Management Maturity
Project Management Discipline
General Support Themes
Final Thoughts
Course Closure

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Executive View of Project Management