“Learn by Doing” with Expert 1-to-1 Coaching
Your project management instructor works with you by private video conference on every step in the course. They answer every question and coach you on every assignment. You master practical project management techniques by doing them yourself with coaching from an expert project manager.
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 . You get immediate feedback and can redo anything you got wrong.
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 you face. Your instructor will role-play the team members and give you feedback on how to do better.
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 send your schedule to your instructor for review and feedback, You revise it and resubmit until you understand perfectly. Then you launch your case study project.
Tracking – Your team starts their assignments and sends you status data each week. Using this data (supplied by your instructor), you update your schedule and analyze the variances.You plan for corrective action to get the project back on schedule. Your instructor will review your work and make suggestions. You revise it and resubmit. When your work is up to professional standards, you are ready to present it to the sponsor.
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). You also practice answering the sponsor’s questions. If you make a mistake, you try again until it’s right.
The above is the methodology and the techniques you learn in our project management basic courses. In the advanced project management certification courses, we add additional techniques like risk management, advanced estimating and earned value analysis that are appropriate for each industry specialty.