Seminar: Mastering Project Leadership

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This full-day seminar is designed to help share a quarter century’s worth of insights, best practices, and lessons learned with project management professionals to help them master the people-aspects of managing projects.

In Mastering Project Leadership, you’ll learn…

  • The importance of managing the project’s team and people, not just the project’s tasks.
  • The importance of crafting tools and an approach to project management that fits within your company’s culture and your team members’ unique personalities and skill sets.
  • The key differences between project management and project team leadership.
  • How to coordinate the efforts of members from various teams and have them to function as a unified team.
  • How to use tools for quantifying risk to your project such that you know which areas to watch more carefully and how to plan for and mitigate those risks.

Introduction

Success doesn’t just happen to good people. It’s planned and prepared for from the outset. It’s monitored and controlled throughout the effort. It’s recognized and acknowledged upon completion. Whether the project manager is responsible for software development, a beta program, a marketing launch, starting a project from scratch, or taking over a project that’s already in-progress, this seminar will discuss some of the key factors that need to be mastered in order to enable success.

Course Content

This seminar focuses on the following topics. First, we establish the foundational soft skills of effective project leaders, including the following:

  • Decoding Motivations – Because being able to effectively deal with different personality types is absolutely critical for a project manager’s success, the seminar begins with a discussion of personalities and motivations. We’ll discuss how various approaches affect team members in differing ways as we enable participants to target how to effectively lead and motivate their teams.

  • Corporate Culture – Companies behave in certain ways that form unique corporate cultures. We’ll discuss types of corporate cultures and their impacts on project management. Navigating a culture can mean opportunities for greater success or annoying failure. Project leaders need to recognize what sort of culture their company has, and what that means for how they approach managing their efforts. This is especially needed when your company has been acquired, merged, or restructured.

  • Project Leadership – It is in leading the project, not just managing it, that project leaders earn their pay. We’ll discuss project leadership and how to accomplish it when managing a group of people over whom they have no direct managerial authority.

  • Impactful Communication – Nothing impacts success or failure more than communication. We’ll go over why this concept is so critical and factors that make it successful or a failure.

  • Achieving Buy-In – Obviously, even the best project manager can’t succeed if others, including Management, don’t buy-into “the plan.” The key is not making “the plan” your plan, but the team’s plan. We’ll talk about the importance of achieving this and how to go about achieving it through communication, negotiation, and other key tactics.

  • Managing Crises – Every project has its ups and downs, but most have their own fair share of out-and-out crises. Crises come in many forms, whether it’s a critical bug, a bad beta site experience, or mandated scope change, they can all disrupt your plans. We’ll discuss how a project leader earns his or her stripes by effectively managing through crises.

We will then apply these soft skills to some tools and actions that can help facilitate understanding, agreement, and conflict resolution throughout the life cycle of the effort. These include:


  • Project Charters –This simple tool is surprisingly powerful in fostering alignment and controlling scope creep. We’ll discuss the importance of not just their structure, but of the amazing effect that takes place during the negotiation stage of putting these together.

  • Position Charters – Just when you thought Project Charters were the end-all for bringing order to chaos, we’ll use a case study to introduce you to a new tool that helps team members understand each other’s roles better, including their own, while engendering trust and communication, as well.

  • Quantifying Risk – All projects come with their share of risk, whether it is associated with the components, the team, or even outside groups, such as beta sites. Imagine as a project manager being able to actually quantify that risk; to put a number on it and know where to focus attention to mitigate that risk. We’ll train you on an intuitive tool that can do just that, and give you the opportunity to quantify the project risk related to your own project or program.

  • Project Audits – Anyone who has ever been assigned to take over a project that is already on-going will appreciate the insights and guidance we give concerning performing a project audit. These same steps can be followed for an in-process project that you’ve been working on from day one. The beauty is that these can maximize results while minimizing the interruption.

  • Process Implementation – Attempts at process improvement can often backfire. We’ll discuss a case study of a major new process that was rolled out into a leading software company. We’ll discuss WHY it generated the results it did and provide you with a dozen key points to pursue or avoid when rolling out processes within your own organization.

  • The Politics of Information – A project manager must ensure that all key tasks are performed by the right people at the right time and management stays apprised. We’ll not just talk about effective use of tools, but how to account for internal politics, and learn how to customize reporting tools to fit within your corporate culture.

  • PPA (Post Project Analyses) – In every project there are actions that you want to repeat on the next project, and ones you will be anxious to avoid. We’ll discuss how to perform an effective PPA, how to efficiently prepare for one throughout the lifespan of the project, and how to foster team participation that brings to light the key issues without turning it into a witch hunt.

Benefits

There are mini-breakout sessions with discussion points and activities included throughout the seminar to allow the opportunity to put the topics into perspective. By including input from multiple companies, attendees have the opportunity to benefit from sharing and hearing multiple real-world perspectives. Seating is limited to 30, to allow for small group discussions.

Cost

Standard Tuition: $899
Early Bird Discounted rate: $699

Discounts and Rewards

We at onTrack Project Services want to help enable attendees to attend and benefit from the information and experiences that are shared. As such, we have incorporated discounts and referral rewards programs. There is a $200 Early Bird Discount, a $50 PMI discount, and a $50 Multi-attendee discount (per attendee). (In other words, if 3 or more people from the same company sign up early and are PMI members, they will EACH get a $300 discount, making it $599 per person instead of $899.)

There is also a Referral Reward Program which entitles a person to a $50 gift card for each attendee that they refer. These can add up quickly, especially if a person refers an entire team who then attends.

Especially for Decision Makers

The following video segment is designed with Decision Makers in mind. It gives a brief summary of the approach and benefits of the Seminar, but also the discounts available to help make the decision to send a team to it, just a little bit easier. Watch it by clicking here.

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