Individual Instruction, Customized for You, Your Pace and Schedule
Our online courses are based on Dick Billows‚Äô books, lectures and case studies. ¬†They reflect his¬†25 years of experience managing projects in Fortune 200 companies and as a partner in the fourth largest consulting firm in the world. ¬†He has helped over 300 organizations improve their project performance with his methodology and processes. Our project management certifications and courses teach you the real-world, practical techniques you need to succeed based on Dick’s proven¬†methodology. You learn to build schedules to finish early, run meetings, manage risks to avoid problems and make professional presentations and status reports. We offer project management certifications and course at three levels of complexity: Basics, Advanced, Program and Portfolio Management.
1. Basic Project Management Certifications & Courses –¬†You Will¬†Learn:
¬†A¬†Proven Project Methodology¬†–¬†Learn our step-by-step process which is straightforward, and useful on ¬†all the projects you do no matter how complex the technology. ¬†it is based on our staffs 200+ years of experience managing projects in industry and consistent with the best practices as identified by the Project Management Institute.
¬†Project Communications & Presentations¬†– ¬† are so important to a project manager success that we include them in all of our courses. What you have prepared a plan, schedule or analysis you will work privately in our web video conference room where you will make your presentation, answer questions from the stakeholders and receive written feedback from your instructor which will include a video of your presentation.
Schedule¬†– Learn to schedule projects quickly and make the best use of people and budget dollars. In our beginning courses, we teach students to use MS Project or Ganter software ¬†to develop project schedules, resource assignments, budgets and the track actual progress against plan. ¬†¬†In our case study courses you will apply these skills to the case study situation and receive feedback from your instructor on your schedules and variance reports
¬†Planning & Goal-setting¬†– ¬†Using our project templates, ¬†and the information you gather from the project sponsor and stakeholders ¬†you will practice setting crystal clear project goals and team performance expectations. ¬†You’ll send the template to your instructor for review and feedback ¬†you will also be able to use these templates in your projects at work.
2. Advanced Project Management Certifications & Courses¬†–¬†You Will¬†Learn:
Risk Management¬†– ¬†Learn to identify risks, quantify their impact and develop effective risk responses to mitigate the impact. ¬†in our advanced courses, you will make a risk management analysis and ¬†develop strategies for responding to the risks your case study project faces. ¬†¬†You also present your recommendations to the executives in your project case study and secure their approval for your risk management plan
¬†Estimating¬†– is a key project management skill and ¬†accurate estimates of time and ¬†cost are vital to successfully working with executives. ¬†In our advanced courses, ¬†you ¬†will build on the three point estimating you learned in the basic course and also learn to use order of magnitude estimating, parametric estimating, rolling wave estimating. You’ll also learn to decide when each of these techniques is best.
¬†Motivate Your Team¬†– You will learn to motivate your project team by making appropriate assignments for each individual and working with your team members to develop estimates of the work in their tasks gaining their commitment¬†to the goals you are setting.¬†You’ll also learn to deal with bad news properly and make your day-to-day management of the project team and effective motivational tool.
¬†Manage Stakeholders¬†– ¬†you’ll learn to identify your project’s ¬†stakeholders and their key “hot button” issues.¬†Then you’ll learn to influence and persuade them to support your¬†project and recommendations.¬†Finally, you’ll practice using these psychological techniques in live meetings with your stakeholders (role played by your instructor).
3. Program and Portfolio Management Certifications & Courses¬†–¬†You Will¬†Learn:
Negotiate¬†– Program and portfolio management requires successful negotiation with members of the executive staff project priorities, resource allocations and the process is the organization should follow¬†in managing projects.¬†So you will design best practices processes for initiation, planning, executing and tracking projects and gain the executive support.¬†As well you’ll work with them to set project priorities and allocate resources based on those priorities.
¬†Anticipate and Fix Problems – ¬†you will learn to use your project plan, project schedule and are advanced tracking techniques to identify variances and craft solutions to them.¬†You’ll also learn to present the project status as well as your recommendations for corrective action¬†to the project stakeholders.
¬†Allocate Resources¬†– A key to program and portfolio management is the proper allocation of resources to achieve the organization’s objectives whilefully utilizing the resources available for project work.You’ll learn to negotiate these priorities with executives and actually conduct meetings with a group of executives to set an organization’s priorities.
¬†Get Certified¬†– Our programs will guide you through the process of receiving certifications in IT projects, construction projects, healthcare projects, operations projects, marketing projects. As well, we offer courses that prepare you to pass the Project Management Institute certification exams¬†¬†(PMP, CAPM)¬†
How Customized Individual Instruction Works
You learn when it fits your schedule and with materials that suit your learning style:
- You and instructor meet to design your course and the materials you will use
- You have a textbook, lectures, assignments and an instructor who always answers your questions within 24 hours
- This is individual instruction with no other students and with unlimited private video conferences with your instructor
- Apply what you learn to realistic case studies where¬† you plan, schedule and solve real world problems in project situations
- Produce real plans, schedules and estimates and get personal feedback on them
- Give live presentations and Q&A sessions with assertive executives and stakeholders.
You learn from reading, lectures, videos and simulations as well as from your instructor’s years of practical project management experience. That is the heart of our¬†Project¬†Management¬†Training¬†&¬†Certification