National Seminars Group
a division of Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
This seminar is offered onsite only.
The descriptions and outlines specified below are examples of the topics covered in this seminar. Actual seminar content will depend on your organization's needs. Of course, we customize the seminar's content to meet the specific needs of your organization.
Planning, Managing & Controlling IT Projects
Finally! A course for IT professionals who need solid project management tools and methodologies developed specifically for complex IT projects. An Intensive 2-Day Workshop Exclusively for IT Professionals!
Managing and delivering your complex IT projects takes IT-specific strategies and methodologies.
Far too many IT professionals have learned the hard way that conventional tools and strategies for project management simply don't get the job done in the complex world of IT projects. The variables inherent in technology development and implementation add another dimension of problems, making it even tougher to bring IT projects in on time and on budget.
Studies show the failure rate of IT systems projects is a dismal 30 to 45 percent. WHY RISK YOURS - when you can get the skills you need to successfully manage IT projects?
Planning, Managing & Controlling IT Projects is a hard-hitting two-day course covering the latest methodologies and strategies - solid, real-world skills developed exclusively for IT professionals and IT projects.
You'll learn how to
Accurately estimate resource and time requirements for your IT project
Understand - and prevent - the root causes of IT project failures
Effectively manage your project from risk assessment to contingency planning
Develop an infrastructure that assures project success
Master the latest IT project management methodologies and tools
Establish and communicate clear performance standards to team members
Implement tracking systems and reporting mechanisms that keep everyone informed and on board
This information-packed training is NOT theory or lecture-based. Instead, you'll learn proven techniques and applications that experienced IT project managers swear by. You'll hear case studies, practice using charts, matrices and other tools, and gain insight on effectively managing a project team. You'll also learn strategies other IT professionals are using to deliver projects within budget and time constraints.
Like it or not, your organization's future rides on the success of IT projects. 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 learn comprehensive IT project management skills that will deliver phenomenal benefits to your organization, not to mention your career!
Learning IT services the right way through seminars is a great way to make sure your are on the right track. Wanting to join a company like
to do all the management for computers and hardware services will get your foot in the door.
What You'll Learn
Significantly boost the success rate of your IT projects from now on.
Recognize root causes of IT project failure so you can avoid them from Day 1.
Master tools, techniques and methodologies developed specifically for IT projects.
Learn expert methods for getting stalled projects back on track.
Find out how to develop real-world solutions to your toughest IT project management challenges.
Complete IT projects within budget by learning how to more accurately estimate expenditures at project conception.
Learn strategies for accomplishing more in less time with fewer resources - without sacrificing the quality of the project.
Justify IT project costs during organizational cutbacks and lean times.
Bring in IT projects on time, even with changing deadlines.
Maintain continual management support for your IT projects.
Lessen down time when moving to a contingency plan.
Reduce team member conflict by understanding how to encourage collaboration and foster a sense of mission.
Learn from case studies of others' mistakes so you can avoid making them yourself.
Identify and troubleshoot problems early on in the project.
Create a structured foundation to use as a template for future IT projects.
Learn how to prioritize IT projects based on organizational needs and ROI.
Know which projects to take on by analyzing the real risks involved.
Gain credibility for your department with reporting techniques.
Communicate technical information to non-technical management more easily.
Schedule and assign resources with greater accuracy.
Who Should Attend
IT project managers
IT team leaders
Strategic planning personnel
Chief information officers
And any key professional involved in establishing the organization's IT strategy and meeting IT goals
Planning and Initiating Effective IT Project Start-Up
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
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 back on track
Techniques for tracking multiple projects
Project management software: Exploring what's out there and what it can - and can't - do for IT 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 non-technical managers
Choosing the reporting format that's best for your project
A look at reporting structures within your team
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
Spin doctoring: How to draw benefits out of the ashes of failed projects
Growing (and keeping) your organization's intellectual capital in the area of IT project management
Continuing education credits may be recognized by your professional board. Contact your own board to find out what's required.
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