National Seminars Group & Padgett Thompson
a division of Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
Course Description

Project Management For It Professionals

Planning, Managing and Controlling Complex Technology Projects Requires IT-Specific Strategies

Far too many IT professionals have learned the hard way that conventional project management tools and strategies are inadequate for addressing complex, and often high-dollar and high-stakes, technology and systems projects. The variables inherent in technology development and implementation add another dimension of problems that require unique solutions.

Project Management for IT Professionals is a comprehensive two-day course covering the latest methodologies and strategies for delivering IT projects of any size and scope on time, on target and on budget. Tailored for those managing projects in IT environments, this training delivers proven techniques and cutting-edge applications that exceptional IT project managers are using to experience unprecedented levels of success. In two intensive days of skill development, you’ll be immersed in essential how-to’s for effectively planning, executing and controlling every phase of the project life cycle. You’ll learn how to …

Packed with solutions specific to the challenges of IT projects, this intensive program is a must-attend event for you if you want to improve the outcome of every IT project you manage from now on.

If you’ve read this far in the brochure, you already understand the importance of the immense responsibility that rests squarely on your shoulders: Your organization’s future rides on the success of every IT project you manage. The consequences for failure are too enormous – for you as well as your company – to leave the fate of your IT projects to chance.

Commit just two days of your time, and you can master comprehensive IT project management tools and strategies that will deliver phenomenal benefits to your organization, not to mention your career!

Who'll Be There

  • IT project managers
  • IT team leaders
  • IS managers
  • IT administrators
  • IT developers
  • Systems analysts
  • IS strategists
  • Programmers
  • Chief information officers
And key professionals who are responsible for the successful execution of IT projects, even if they’re not IT professionals

Attend this intensive two-day course and you’ll learn how to …

  • Define key objectives and success criteria for your IT projects.
  • Develop and execute on-target IT project plans.
  • Recognize and plan for project risks.
  • Understand the interdependence of tasks and stages within the project plan.
  • Assess which project management software programs might be beneficial for you.
  • Establish yourself as a capable, motivating project leader.
  • Create controls to ensure your projects stay on track.
  • Deal with uncertainties and accommodate last-minute changes.
  • Recognize root causes of IT project failure so you can avoid them.
  • Accurately estimate IT project resource needs and costs.
  • Lessen downtime when moving to a contingency plan.
  • Reduce team member conflict by understanding how to encourage collaboration and foster a sense of mission.
  • Develop effective monitoring systems to track project progress.
  • Learn how to prioritize IT projects based on organizational needs and ROI.
  • Learn from case studies of others’ mistakes so you can avoid making them yourself.
  • Identify and troubleshoot problems early on in the project.
Conference Agenda
  • Defining the project: Establishing scope and objectives
    • How to move from IT project concept to actual project plan
    • Exploring the latest methodologies – and choosing one to use consistently throughout your project
    • Techniques and tools for preparing an accurate project budget
    • Project management software: What’s out there and would it be useful for you?
    • What makes IT projects unique: How to structure realistic project timelines and deadlines
    • Using your resources most effectively: Prioritizing multiple IT projects
    • What are your project’s training needs? How to conduct a front-end analysis
  • Using Risk Assessment Strategies for Improved Decision-Making
    • Key reasons IT projects fail – minimize your risk
    • How to recognize high-yield projects … and to spot those that are poorly conceived
    • Using a cost-benefit analysis to quantify risk in dollars and cents
    • Minimize project risk by bundling tasks from multiple projects
    • Strategies for linking your project to your organization’s overall business strategy
    • The unspoken risk: How to measure management support within your organization
    • Techniques to quantify both hard costs and soft costs when determining risk
  • Establishing Strong, Positive Leadership for Your Project Team
    • A look at 4 common team structures and which types of IT projects work best with each
    • Techniques for gaining buy-in and commitment from team members for the project goals and objectives
    • Analyzing strengths and weaknesses of each team member (including yourself) and planning their responsibilities accordingly
    • Communicating clear performance standards for team members, as well as clear consequences if standards are not met
    • How to foster collaboration among team members
    • The stress-proof team: Training your team to take inevitable project changes and problems in stride
    • 5 proven methods for minimizing conflict on your project team
  • Tracking Structures for Monitoring Projects Through Every Phase
    • Establishing checkpoints and techniques for getting timely and accurate feedback from project members
    • Tracking tools experienced IT project managers swear by
    • Key steps to effectively using CPM (Critical Path Method)
    • Developing and using databases to monitor project progress
    • Strategies for getting a stalled-out project on track
    • Techniques for tracking multiple projects
  • The Importance of Establishing Solid Report Structures
    • Who needs to know – and how much information do you provide?
    • Tips for translating IT information for nontechnical managers
    • A look at reporting structures within your team
    • Choosing the reporting format that’s best for your project
    • When to report problems – and when not to report problems
    • Reporting accurate results that management can understand and assess
  • Contingency Planning: The Key to IT Project Management Success
    • Maintaining support when the project isn’t going as planned
    • Tips for avoiding the tendency to micro-manage when things go wrong
    • Use project models to illustrate alternative courses you could take with the project
    • Techniques for measuring the impact of proposed changes to a project
    • Conserving resources by scaling back projects that are ill-conceived or adrift
    • Considerations in determining when to abandon a project
    • Should you bring in an outside consultant or vendor?
  • Wrapping Up the Project and Quantifying the Results
    • Overcoming end-user resistance to adopt the end result of your project
    • Analysis tools for quantifying your project’s success
    • How to “measure” soft benefits like improved productivity, increased competitiveness and more
    • Implementing project management policies in your organization based on lessons learned from your project
    • Determining a true ROI for your project

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