Project Management Planning Training

“The project management training program was really great. It was extremely helpful to me as a manager to be strategic during a time of explosive growth and change. It was fully customized to our industry and our needs, everyone came out of it with a solid direction of next steps, and the satisfaction scores were wonderful. It could not have gone any better. The team is still talking about it and looking forward to more. We are excited to take the next steps with LSA Global and implement the project management best practices in a way that works for our unique culture.”
Karen M. Inzilla | Director, Sales Operations | Blackhawk Network

Description:
Project planning takes both time and money. The payback? Increased awareness of risks, clarity of responsibility, greater visibility of resource requirements, and higher probability of project success.

Effective project planning and control starts with proper project definition.

Project Planning involves having the skills, knowledge, and practices for project work breakdown structures, project network diagrams, project work package estimates, project scheduling, project Gantt Charts, project resource leveling, project management software, and estimating.

Project Control entails project monitoring, project communication, closing out a project, and project corrective action.

Benefits

  • Create realistic project schedules.
  • Get the most from project management software using the 5 steps of project planning.
  • Create effective project plans with clear responsibilities and milestones.
  • Identify problems when they are still small enough to solve.
  • Transform ambiguous projects into focused, productive projects with tangible results.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how project management can increase productivity, improve communication and cut development costs.
  • Systematically apply the proven techniques of project management to define, plan and control a project.
  • Create a project plan using standard project management techniques.
  • Use the project plan to manage the team, customers, management and project sponsors.
  • Understand the relationship between the science of project management and the art of leadership.

Course Outline

1. Successful Projects

  • Why project management?
  • Project success factors
  • What is a project?
  • The goal of project management
  • Project management responsibilities
  • Project life cycle
  • Product development lifecycles

2. Project Definition

  • Project definition: Establishing the rules of the game
  • Identify project stakeholders
  • Create a statement of work
  • Develop a Project Responsibility matrix
  • Publish a project charter

3. Project Planning

  • The project plan
  • Step one: The work breakdown structure
  • Step two: Define task relationships
  • Step three: Make work package estimates
  • Step four: Determine the initial schedule
  • Step five: Assign and level resources
  • Accurate project estimating
  • Project estimating techniques

4. Project Control

  • Monitoring project cost and project schedule
  • Planning for Project Quality
  • Project Change control
  • Project communication
  • Project close out
  • Project Corrective action

5. Project Leadership

  • Project manager skills
  • Project art based on project science

6. Lessons Learned

Target Audience:
Anyone associated with projects benefits from understanding the tools of project management. Project managers and project team leaders, project managers with multiple projects, and project team members with special assignments will get the greatest benefit from this course.

This workshop if often tailored to focus on your specific project management tools, project management practices, and project software . It is also often used as part of a project kickoff, definition, or planning phase by having an intact project team work on their actual project throughout the course.

To speak with an LSA Expert and learn about program customization and delivery options onsite at your company, please contact us.

Related Information

We recently designed and implemented two high value Project Management Workshops with LSA. The goal was to improve the fundamental project management skills for less experienced project managers and team members and to prepare our experienced project managers to become PMP certified. The programs were very well received and additional sessions have been requested. Both facilitators were excellent, building strong rapport with our scientists and taking time to encourage & answer questions. Based upon the results and the feedback around the company, the next workshops are already full. I highly recommend LSA to any company looking to take their project management skills to the next level.

Stacey Porter
Senior Manager Learning & Development

Roche

The project management training program was really great. It was extremely helpful to me as a manager to be strategic during a time of explosive growth and change. It was fully customized to our industry and our needs, everyone came out of it with a solid direction of next steps, and the satisfaction scores were wonderful. It could not have gone any better. The team is still talking about it and looking forward to more. We are excited to take the next steps with LSA Global and implement the project management best practices in a way that works for our unique culture.

Karen M. Inzilla
Director, Sales Operations

Blackhawk Network

We hired LSA to design and deliver a Project Post Mortem for 65 key people on a critical project with a very tight turnaround. LSA’s ability to identify the key trends, leverage points, and next steps was great. They really got to the heart of the issues in a constructive and unbiased manner that exceeded my expectations. It was not an easy task with so many skeptical people with different agendas, styles, experience, and perspectives.

Darrell Gallagher
Head of Studio

Crystal Dynamics

ServiceSource has relied on LSA Global’s expertise for a variety of core initiatives, from strategy design and implementation, to sales skills, to sales coaching. We recently engaged LSA Global to create a competency matrix for our inside sales team that will serve as our roadmap for employee on-boarding, development, succession planning and retention. This project had a tight timeline with high visibility. LSA Global completed the deliverable ahead of schedule and surpassed our expectations.

PMO and Outside Sales Operations
Senior Vice President

Service Source

LSA did a great job. The project management solution was really well done from both a content and approach perspective. Overall a very positive experience that provided a lot of value. They really understood the art and science of project management and the specifics of our industry.

Laxmi Peri
VP Technology & Product Development

Thoratec

Thanks for a great and valuable session. The Project Management expertise and methodology that you brought to the table was perfectly targeted to our needs and our company. You definitely helped us launch an important step in driving best practice company standards around project management. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking to improve Project Management Best Practices, Skills, and Methodologies.

Bill Thayer
VP Field Operations

Bloomenergy

Gilead and LSA Global continue to build a mutually beneficial relationship. We have found LSA to be highly responsive to meeting our unique needs in learning and development. Their passion for high levels of customer satisfaction and quality align very closely with our core values.

Kudos to LSA Global for the program that they provided my team. It was exactly what I wanted, and your team did a great job of engaging our group and providing a solid introduction to key Project Management skill sets.

Laura McHugh
Director of Training and Organizational Development

Gilead

LSA’s Customized Project Management workshop exceeded our expectations. The facilitator was a true expert in both the content and our industry. They really understood our priorities and helped us learn not only the best practices in Project Management, but how to apply them to our specific environment. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to create the foundation for successful projects and project teams.

Dave Musolf
Director Program Management

Palm

We turned to LSA Global to help us take our project risk management practices to the next level. As we continue to grow and our projects are increasing significantly in complexity, it is imperative that we incorporate risk management best practices deeper into our Delivery and Project Management methodologies to continue to increase productivity, efficiency, and client satisfaction. I am really happy with the results and would recommend LSA to anyone looking to take project risk management to the next level.

Scott Wassmer
US Director of Production

AKQA

LSA’s Project Management facilitator is one of the best I have ever worked with. His efforts and work in teaching complex and intensive Project Management principles across all levels and backgrounds within our organization have been of the highest value.

Leslie Guzman
Learning and Development

Roche

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