Real World Project Management


How You Will Benefit

Project management is a lot like spinning plates. There is a fine balance of energy, focus and control to keep projects on track. Some projects gain momentum as others lose steam. In every project manager’s dream all projects meet all expectations, are finished on time and are under budget. But in the real world, inevitably all project managers will have to face missed deadlines, tightened budgets, difficult clients, and unachievable visions.
One aspect of bad project management is taking on too many projects. In one study, Pricewaterhouse Coopers reviewed 10,640 projects from 200 companies in 30 countries and across various industries. Shockingly, only 2.5 percent of the companies successfully completed all of their projects.
Another project kerfuffle comes when budget planning is way off. A Harvard Business Review study analyzed 1,471 IT projects. All but one in six projects had a cost overrun of 200 percent on average and a schedule overrun of almost 70 percent!
This course will help participants develop a real-world approach to project management, including creating realistic goals, setting-up a budget, and understanding a typical project cycle. Ad a result, participants will be able to meet deadlines, satisfy clients, increase rate of project completion, and stay within designated budgets.

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your ability to:
•Understand a project life cycle
•Manage client expectations
•Understand the difference between objectives and Deliverables
•Create a Gantt Chart
•Develop realistic budgets

Key Topics Covered

This course explores the following subjects in depth:
•The importance of developing clearly stated, thorough objectives
•SMART objectives
•The Triple Constraints (Cost,Performance and Time)
•Resource leveling
•Sample questions to ask clients
•The causes of poor time estimate
•The four team structures: traditional,multi-layer, dispersed, and specialty

What the Course Offers

•Interactive learning setting
•Opportunity to apply the concepts in arisk-free environment
•Thorough set of materials: InstructorGuide, Participant Guide, classroom PowerPoint presentation, and one-page learning Summary