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"A project is a one-time job that has defined starting and ending dates, a clearly specified objective, or scope of work to be performed, a predefined budget, and usually a temporary organization that is dismantled once the project is complete. Project management is the planning, scheduling, and controlling of project activities to achieve project objectives."

-- James P. Lewis

Any time you connect a series of actions to produce a predefined outcome, you are engaging in project management. This definition opens the doors to a lot of different events being named projects such as, setting up a sales team, opening a new territory, developing a manual and so on.

Why? Because each of these projects or events has several things in common:

  1. A beginning, middle and end
  2. A checklist of key steps and ingredients
  3. Outcomes

If the results come out just as you had intended and you documented your process, then you've got a great template to use the next time. If, however, the results are not what you had intended, then by using a simple project management process, you will have the means to alter the results of the next similar project.

An additional benefit that accrues from recording a project's history is the ability to dramatically reduce the learning curve for new team members.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Project Planning: Organize projects by standard phases to provide a resource allocation guide, tracking mechanism and scheduling structure.
  • Task Analysis: Use a systematic process to identify a comprehensive list of actions necessary to complete the project from concept to evaluation.
  • Logical Task Flow: Use a workflow process chart to identify and properly sequence tasks that are dependent upon previous tasks. And to identify tasks that can be done simultaneously or in parallel with other tasks so they are not held up.
  • Time Estimating: Determine approximate duration of tasks when you don't have prior experience with them. The formula you will learn takes into account "optimistic," "pessimistic" and "most likely" time scenarios.
  • Critical Path Analysis: Recognize potential bottlenecks by tracking dependent task completion's and available resources against the clock.
  • PERT Chart: Display Logical Task Flow, time-estimates and Critical Path on one chart - "Program Evaluation and Review Technique." It will show progress and problems at a glance.
  • Gantt Chart: Monitor timelines"at a glance" with this visual representation of time.
  • Project Management Form: Use this pre-developed master template to speed the new project setup time.

This course provides both a basic and mid-level understanding of project management.

Course Length: Two Days

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