Project Management Essentials
Many business professionals are not interested in becoming a formal project manager, but will benefit from the essential tools needed to get projects done faster, with fewer surprises and problems. Participants will learn the 1-3-5 approach, a clear and easy to understand process for project management success. Whether you’re leading your first project, struggling to get through the long list of projects on your to-do list, or want to avoid the problems of the last big project failure, this course will benefit you.
Who Should Attend
Anyone who desires to improve their project management skills to better meet business objectives, even if they’ve never managed a project before.
Continuing Education Units
This course provides 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
How You Will Benefit
- Learn the one critical question that all project leaders need ask at the beginning of any project that will help determine a project implementation approach, project cost, project schedule, and conflicts to expect throughout the project lifecycle
- Practice and use a simple three-step framework to reach project success
- Understand how the three steps are in alignment with more formal methodologies such as phase-based waterfall project management, agile project management, and continuous improvement activities such as Lean and Six Sigma.
- Use and apply five streamlined tools and templates that can help a project of any size get done faster, lessen scope creep, and reduce project meeting fatigue. The tools are easy to understand and implement without any project management jargon
- Explore how the 1-3-5 approach can be scaled to larger project initiatives and diagnose what the common root causes are to failed large scale initiatives
- Roadmap of the 1-3-5 approach and review of resources available outside of the course
- Project foundations and an introduction to the in-class case
- Elements of effective project plans and managing time effectively in project environments
- Managing change in project environments and dealing with conflicts that inevitably occur
- Keeping everyone focused on the successful outcomes
- Learning from a troubled project
- Action planning and next steps
For over 2 decades Scott has developed courses in his areas of expertise, which include project management, portfolio management, gathering business requirements, process improvement using Lean Six Sigma, business statistics, and decision making. He also has over a decade of applied experience in the field as a former information technology director and as a technologist for an internetworking software developer.
Scott has developed programs for a variety of audiences ranging from novices to experienced professionals to C-level executives. Clients have included Fortune 500 firms, the United States military, government, higher education, and not-for-profit agencies.
Scott is a Six Sigma black belt and received his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a B.S. degree in physics from UW-Eau Claire.
Day 1 – Includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks
- Check-In and Breakfast 7:30-8:15 a.m.
- Course 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Dinner 4:30-10 p.m.