All of our project textbooks, videos and case studies are based on learning-by-doing (Experiential Learning). Students see how to do it the right way and also the wrong way. (The latter teaches them what NOT to do.) Students have textbook reading and “Project Manager in Action” videos. Then they practice what they have learned in realistic project case studies. These case studies include data and people: project sponsors, stakeholders and executives. As students develop their project plan and schedule, they have video conferences with their instructor. Their instructor provides coaching and feedback on every step. The videos of the characters in the case help students learn each character’s personality and hot buttons. That knowledge helps them decide how to present ideas to each person and deal with their responses.
Students present their project plans, schedules and status reports to their instructor for feedback. Their instructor also reviews the presentation before the student gives it, providing tips and suggestions. The presentation is given to the stakeholders and executives (played by their instructor) in our simulation meeting room. Following their presentation, the instructor gives the student feedback on the content and delivery as well as how they answered questions from the stakeholders and executives .
You don’t learn academic theories and concepts here. You master proven, practical tools and techniques to deliver projects that delight your boss or your client.
1-to-1 Instruction and Personal Coaching
Our training is designed for project professionals at every level – from beginners to portfolio managers. We publish our own textbooks and make our own project management videos. The books and videos let you “see” a PM’s work through every step of a realistic project. We give you lots of practice using every tool and technique. Your instructor’s feedback and coaching helps you gain confidence in your project management skills and capabilities.
You may start a course whenever you want and study when it fits your schedule. Our courses are tailored to your skill level and career goals. They are industry-specific: IT, Construction, Healthcare, Consulting, Business.
You will work with your instructor on a realistic industry-specific project case study. You’ll get personal, 1-to-1 instruction and coaching over the internet. Your instructor will give you written or verbal feedback on every assignment you submit. They will also answer your questions within 24 hours. You have as many video conferences and e-mail exchanges with your instructor as you need.
Real World Case Studies
You won’t learn vague theories or academic concepts. You will learn practical project management tools through our textbooks, lectures, “Project-Manager-in-Action” videos and real world case studies. These are industry- specific. You read and watch how a project manager uses each technique before you apply it to a realistic project case study. Your instructor gives you personal, written or oral feedback on your work.
Our project management textbooks explain how a PM uses project management tools on real world projects. They are rich in practical skills that are explained in step-by-step detail. It’s like you’re sitting right next to the expert project manager. You’ll read the initial conversation where the PM asks the boss/customer what result they want the project to produce. You read how the PM asks the right questions to define the scope of the project scope and its measure of success. Next you “sit in on” the PM’s interviews with the managers involved in the project (the stakeholders). You’ll learn how to ask the right questions to gather all their requirements. Then you learn techniques for working with project team members to estimate costs and hours of work.
You learn how that data is used to create a schedule using MS Project® or Gantter® software. You’ll see every click and step so you know how to do it. Next you read how the PM presents the plan and schedule and answers the kind of questions managers always ask. Finally, you see how to track and report the project’s progress. You’ll learn how to enter the team members’ weekly status data and present the results in a report to the boss or customer. The reporting process includes identifying problems and recommending solutions.