"Although I am not an actual project manager... almost all of the material could be related to my everyday jobs"
- workshop participant
"created a warm learning environment"
"loved hearing about her real life project management experiences"
"one of the best instructors I ever had"
- feedback from workshop participants
Allison Atkey's training philosophy is simple: determine what the participants need to do, then show them how to do it.
Allison uses a variety of teaching methods, including:
Each workshop combines the "hard" skills of project planning, scheduling, tracking, managing change, and reporting, with the "soft" skills of defining roles, clarifying expectations, building commitment, and making decisions.
- lectures and short videos to introduce and illustrate new concepts,
- case studies and exercises to apply theory to practical situations,
- group discussions to explore ideas and share insights, and
- written material to highlight and reinforce key concepts.
All materials required for each course are provided by Atkey Consulting Inc.
Each participant will receive a workbook with summaries of key points, sample key project management templates, and additional exercises.
Existing organizational templates can be integrated into the workbooks.
This 1-day workshop is designed as an overview for everybody involved in a project - sponsors, team leaders, and team members.
For an organization to become project-oriented, everybody involved needs to understand how projects work. Team members work more effectively when they manage their tasks like mini-projects, and sponsors become more effective in their role as project champions.
- What are: projects, project management, and project managers?
- Know the destination: goals and objectives
- Laying a route: work breakdown structure, schedule and budget
- The human side: resources, responsibilities and relationships
- Making headway: controlling scope, reporting progress
- Reaching the destination: pulling it all together
Many people who take this course have managed projects in the past, but found things haven't always gone as well as they had hoped. This 2-day workshop provides the framework and terminology for what they already know, as well as ideas for overcoming typical project challenges.
People with some formal background in project management will find this to be a good refresher course, as it reviews both the technical side of schedules and budgets, as well as the people side of communication and team management.
- Definitions: project, project management processes, competing demands, PMBOK knowledge areas.
- Project initiation: getting a project started, project terms of reference, goals and objectives
- Project planning: work breakdown structure, quality, building a schedule and budget, managing risk
- Project execution: communication, delegation, meetings, decision-making
- Project control: measuring progress, taking action, change management, status reporting
- Project closing: wrapping up, lessons learned
Graduates of either the Overview or the Introduction may wish to deepen their understanding of project management principles by putting them to work in a guided environment.
The following 2 days may be taken separately or together.
TOPICS: Day 1
TOPICS: Day 2
- Principles: review of project management principles
- Project scheduling: short video
- Communication: developing a communication plan
- Leadership: skills, practical application
- Exercises: based on a case study
- Team initiation helping a group become a team
- Risk management quantification and response development
- Quality the cost of quality
- Earned value a new way to compare budgets to actual figures
- Change management product vs project
- Activities: managing a small project