Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success (Live Online)

Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success (Live Online)
April 4th, 2020

Overview

Why attend this programme?

Build a solid foundation of project management knowledge, techniques and tools. 

You have been assigned to manage a project or you are participating in a project as a team member.  You probably have heard or read a lot on project management.  However, how do you structure the project, how do you plan it effectively and how do you take control over its implementation? 
How able are you to establish and explain the scope, schedule, cost and quality of your projects? How do you measure progress and success against those factors?

As the business world grows more competitive, organizations find it necessary to take on an increasing number of projects. Unfortunately, these same organizations often don’t have skilled project managers to handle the work. In this programme, you will learn and practice the critical tools and techniques that have been proven necessary for project management success. In lectures, discussions and exercises, you’ll cover the essential aspect of managing projects.

While aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) framework, this programme is specifically designed to focus on the practical application of concepts. You’ll return to work with the knowledge and tools you need to get your projects started right and completed successfully.

Who should attend?

Individuals who are new to project management, “accidental” project managers (i.e. professionals for whom project management is secondary to their jobs), business analysts, subject-matter experts from any field who contribute to projects, managers responsible for projects and experienced project managers looking to review current tools, techniques, and processes.

How will you benefit?

After taking this programme, you will be able to:

  • Ensure that your projects are set-up for success from the start 
  • Learn the basics for effectively gathering and documenting requirements 
  • Understand the role of the project manager, business analyst, and others in managing projects 
  • Develop an integrated project plan including realistic scope, schedules, budgets, and risks—and turn that plan into successful action 
  • Learn how to effectively track and report on project progress 
  • Gain the respect of your project team and build credibility with top management 
  • Network and learn from a diverse group of peers from different functions, industries and countries
  • Develop a personal action plan to implement back at work
  • Learn and practice using real-world examples and role plays over 3 interactive days 

Programme Details

What will you learn and practice?

This 4-lesson  programme is highly interactive with exercises.

Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success (Live Online)  – Outine : 
LESSON ONE
The Project Management Framework

  • Define the Basic Project Management Framework
  • Describe Key Project Management Terminology
  • Explain the Triple Constraints (Project Triangle)
  • Differentiate Between Operations and Projects
  • Describe Project Management in a Business Context

Initiate the Project

  • Discuss How Projects Are Initiated
  • Describe the Difference Between Project Requirements and Product Requirements
  • Discuss the Purpose and Content of a Project Charter
  • Discuss the Purpose and Content of a Product Requirements Document
  • Use the SMART Model When Writing Documents

LESSON TWO

Initiate the Project (cont’d)

  • Discuss How Projects Are Initiated
  • Describe the Difference Between Project Requirements and Product Requirements
  • Discuss the Purpose and Content of a Project Charter
  • Discuss the Purpose and Content of a Product Requirements Document
  • Use the SMART Model When Writing Documents

Identify the Work

  • Discuss the Purpose of a Kickoff Meeting
  • Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Estimate the Work

  • Discuss Guidelines for Making Better Estimates
  • Demonstrate the Use of Three-Point Estimates

LESSON THREE

Schedule the Work

  • Describe Task Dependencies
  • Identify the Sequence of Tasks
  • Develop a Project Schedule

Create the Budget

  • Determine the Personnel Costs for a Project
  • Determine the Out-of-Pocket Expense Costs for a Project
  • Differentiate Between Bottom-Up and Top-Down Cost Planning, and State Which Is More Appropriate for Different Situations

LESSON FOUR

Complete the Plan

  • Create the Project Communications Plan
  • Describe the Project Risk Management Process
  • Describe the Purpose of the Project Procurement Plan
  • Discuss the Purpose of Reserves

Execute the Plan

  • Create a Project Status Report
  • Describe the Key Elements Required to Determine Project Health
  • Describe How to Run an Effective Project Status Meeting
  • Describe the Change Management Process

Close the Project

  • Identify the Elements in the Project Closure Procedure
  • Describe Administrative and Contractual Closure
  • Describe How Projects Are Terminated
  • Explain the Importance of a Repository and Lessons Learned

Practical Information

How many sessions will I attend? How long are the sessions?

Depending on the programme, you will attend 3 or 4 sessions which will each be a few days apart.

The sessions are 3 hours long, with a 15-minute coffee break.

What do I need to do in order to connect to the sessions?

We want you to feel completely comfortable and ready to go, so we’ll email you before your scheduled course and give you all the information you need about the simple set-up process.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the programme?

After successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded an MCE Certificate. In order to qualify for this certificate, participants must register for and attend the programme using their individual log-in ID for the entire duration of the sessions. Speaking in the sessions via individual VoIP connection and participating in all of the chat, polling, and breakout exercises is required. Archived recordings or groups attending through one computer/connection do not qualify for the certificate.

Questions?

View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Live Online programmes.

The MCE Team is ready to answer any questions you have. Please contact us by phoneemailcontact form or even website chat. We would be happy to talk to you!

Testimonials

“ It is a perfect possibility to connect with people from different industries, who are dealing with the same issues.”

Agata Kulik, Product Manager Special Salts, Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH, Germany

 

“ Facilitator, content, tools, methods, room were very good and fitted to the participants and their needs.”

Andreas Armenat, Head of Production, GO Generics & Standard Solutions, Fresenius Kabi AG, Germany

 

“Very interesting topics, international and multicultural environment. Very professional coach.”

Alessandro Foresio, Vice President, Logic S.p.A., Italy

 

“The subjects covered were extremely relevant and gave input to my personal development.”

Rosa Karen Schmidt, Senior VP-Assistant, Novo Nordisk, Denmark

FAQ

ABOUT MCE’S LIVE ONLINE PROGRAMMES

What are MCE’s Live Online programmes?

MCE’s “Live Online” programmes, powered by AMA, are live, interactive, trainer-led courses that are completely user-friendly and accessible from your office or home PC. They’re the perfect time-saving alternative when you want training but can’t get away from the office. Live online sessions use Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology and Adobe® Flash® Player which means facilitator and participants communicate over the internet using a USB Headset with microphone to speak and listen to each other during the sessions.

 

Who facilitates MCE’s Live Online programmes?

A member of our expert faculty of business professionals will lead your programme. Beyond our course leaders’ experience in business training, they are specially trained to present our high-quality content in an engaging, live online format.

 

What will I do during the Live Online sessions?

During the Live Online sessions, you will interact with the facilitator and with other participants using voice (VoIP) and text-based chat, as well as a range of sophisticated, yet easy to use, audience participation tools such as polls, whiteboard, etc.

Throughout the programme, you will engage in discussions and experiential activities based on realistic workplace scenarios, including practical exercises and role play in breakouts, as well as individual and group debriefs.

During the breakout exercises, you will have a unique opportunity to discuss challenges and apply skills in concrete practical situations, while receiving significant feedback from others.

 

What are the technical requirements for my computer?

The sessions are delivered via an Internet Explorer browser session using Adobe Acrobat Connect. Internet Browser and other technical requirements are available by clicking here.

 

Why can’t I join on a tablet or mobile phone?

Using a desktop or laptop computer is required in order to experience all the features and interactions during the programme. We strongly recommend against using tablets or mobile phones. Click here to check the technical requirements for your computer.

 

Can I join on Wi-Fi?

We strongly recommend joining the sessions through a wired internet connection. Please note that Wi-Fi, Blue tooth and mobile wi-fi are all unstable and cause a deteriorated experience not only for the affected participant, but for the entire group as well, including audio drop, disconnection from the rooms and delays in the interaction.

 

Why do I need a headset?

An appropriate computer headset with built-in microphone is required in order to attend Live Online sessions. A headset with a microphone will allow you to hear and be heard comfortably. Connecting with the computer’s built-in audio may create echoes affecting the whole group experience, therefore we strongly recommend against it.

Your headset should have the following characteristics:

  • USB connection, with plug-and-play capability (i.e., with the software driver included)
  • A built-in microphone with noise-cancelling capabilities
  • Clear digital stereo headphone audio

A good indication that a headset will perform well for our Live Online sessions is a “designed for videoconferencing” or “designed for Skype” label. An example of a headset which has been found to work well with our Live Online programmes is the Logitech h340.

Several colleagues are attending this programme at the same time, can we all join together from the same room/computer?

Because of the various interactions taking place during the session, it is important that each individual participant joins the session on a separate computer, and from a separate room. In order to provide the best possible experience for all participants, we also strongly recommend that you sit in a quiet environment with no background noise (please try to avoid open space work areas).

 

What do I need to do in order to connect to the sessions?

We want you to feel completely comfortable and ready to go, so we’ll email you before your scheduled course and give you all the information you need about the simple set-up process.

 

What are the interactive features used during Live Online programmes?

You’ll be able to speak to and/or electronically communicate with the facilitator and other attendees. You can also share files, view the facilitator’s desktop, ask questions, tell the facilitator to speak louder, softer, slow down, etc. (through simple icons). You’ll see what your facilitator is writing, view and hear questions and comments from other attendees, and be able to work in subgroups.  A headset is required for optimal communication throughout the Live Online programme.

 

How far in advance do I need to register for a Live Online programme?

The earlier the better.  That way, you’ll have time to acquire your headset before the first lesson and have plenty of time to do any pre-work, downloading, pre-assessments, etc., that your programme might require. In order to experience the Live Online programme to its fullest, we recommend you register no later than one week before Lesson One.

 

I registered for a Live Online programme; why haven’t I heard from you?

After you register, we will always email you to confirm your registration and provide you with additional information before your first lesson. Occasionally, however, customers may not receive the emails because of their company’s email security settings, a spam blocker, or an incorrect email address. If you registered but didn’t get your confirmation email the day after registration, or an email with your access to the AMA Learning Portal, or your system readiness check email, please notify MCE Client Services at +32 2 543 21 20 immediately. We will make sure you have everything you need before your programme.

 

Will I get a certificate at the end of the programme?

After successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a Certificate. In order to qualify for this certificate, participants must register for and attend the programme using their individual log-in ID for the entire duration of the sessions. Speaking in the sessions via individual VoIP connection and participating in all of the chat, polling, and breakout exercises is required. Archived recordings or groups attending through one computer/connection do not qualify for the certificate.

 

What level of English do I need to take part in an MCE Live Online programme?

MCE’s participants come from over 90 different countries but all of our open enrolment programmes are run in English. You need to have a good working knowledge of English to be able to fully participate in the programme and engage in various interactions with other participants. If you have difficulty understanding these questions, the programme might be difficult for you too.

 

Security and Data Privacy

  • Each participant uses a unique, system-generated Login ID via Internet email.
  • Customer data privacy is a key priority for MCE. Maintaining your trust and confidence by handling your personal data securely is of the highest importance to us. For more information about what information MCE collects and how it is used, please read our Data Privacy Policy.

The MCE Team is ready to answer any questions you have. Please contact us by phone, email, contact form or even website chat. We would be happy to talk to you!

Leading BusinessPMI Certified Programme

Dates & Locations

20 Apr – 23 Apr 20 (Live Online)
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25 May – 28 May 20 (Live Online)
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Duration

4 sessions of 3 hours on:
20 Apr, 14.00 – 17.00CET
21 Apr, 14.00 – 17.00CET
22 Apr, 14.00 – 17.00CET
23 Apr, 14.00 – 17.00CET
25 May, 14.00 – 17.00CET
26 May, 14.00 – 17.00CET
27 May, 14.00 – 17.00CET
28 May, 14.00 – 17.00CET

Price

€2150
excl. VAT*

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