Project Management Real World Techniques

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Dick Billows, PMP developed our textbooks and courses when he was a program and portfolio manager.  He needed high performing PMs and needed to develop them himself. The books and courses evolved over a 15 year period when Dick was a VP in a Fortune 200 Company and a partner in the fourth largest professional firm.  Here’s what he did

We offer personal, 1-to-1 instruction over the internet with courses and books based on story-based learning; not memorization and vague theories. You work with your instructor on real world projects when it fits your schedule and have as many video conferences as you need. Our courses are industry-specific: IT, Construction, Healthcare, Consulting, Business. They are tailored to your skill level and career goals.

Sample our Story-based Project Textbooks

Our practical project management books are rich in practical skills that are explained in “real world” detail. You’ll read the initial conversation where the PM asks the executive what result he wants the project to produce. Read how the PM asks the right questions to define the project scope and measure of success. Next come the PM’s interviews with the managers involved in the project. You’ll learn how to ask the right questions to gather all their requirements.  Then read the PM’s techniques for working with the team to estimate cost and hours of work. That data is used to create a schedule using MS Project® or Gantter® software. You’ll see every click and step so you learn how to do it. Next you read how the PM presents the plan and schedule and answers the kind of questions executives always ask.  Finally, you see how to track and report the project through several weeks. You’ll learn how to enter data from the team and present the results in a status report.

Our Courses Cover the Following

Planning – You learn how to assess a project situation and ask the right questions of management to clearly define what they want (the scope).  You practice asking the right questions of management (role played by your instructor) on a case study project .

Work Breakdown & Estimating – With the scope defined, you learn how to work with your team to create their assignments and the sequence of tasks.  Their participation will build enthusiasm and commitment to the project. Next you and your team estimate how long each task will take and the risks they face.

Scheduling – Next you learn to use the project management software tool: Microsoft Project®or the free version of Gantter®. Our scheduling methodology lets you build and maintain professional schedules in ten minutes for small and medium projects.  At each step, you can review and revise your schedule (coached by your instructor).

Tracking – Your case study team starts their assignments and sends you status data each week.  Using that data, you update your schedule and analyze the variances. You plan for corrective action to get the project back on schedule.  When your instructor approves your work, you are ready to present it to the sponsor (role played by your instructor).

Reporting Using the template we provide, you prepare your status report and a Powerpoint (or Keynote) presentation.  You make your live presentation to the project sponsor (role played by your instructor) and answer his questions.  

The above is the methodology and the techniques you learn in our project management basic textbooks.  In the advanced project management books, you’ll learn additional techniques for risk management, advanced estimating, earned value analysis and conflict management. The courses are customized for each industry specialty (IT, Construction, Healthcare, Consulting and Business).

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