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One-Day Project Management Workshops — General Audience
Avoiding the High Cost of Poor Communications
Why be concerned about communications?
Influencing Decisions — Politics in Project Management
The politics that will be covered during this seminar have nothing to do with elections! This seminar is about the ability to influence decisions while maintaining ethical behavior. While the politically naïve would believe that engineering projects are above any non-technical considerations, the reality is that managing the interests of multiple, diverse stakeholders is an essential skill for those involved in engineering projects of any size. Organizations need engineers who are not only technically and managerially competent, but also politically savvy. Participants will learn to assess the political climate within an organization and/or project team to determine how support can be enhanced and opposition reduced.
Managing Capital Project Costs
The subject of managing project costs has always been a challenge, but in our current environment of rapidly escalating costs and competition for scarce resources, it is even more so. This full-day course is for engineers involved in capital projects, not for accountants. Although we must cover how project cost managment systems tie in to corporate accounting systems, it is more about forecasting future costs than recording historical costs.
Project Delivery Options
Regardless of whether one calls them project delivery options or contracting strategies, there is a seemingly-endless list of different ways to achieve the same end. Methods have evolved from the Master Builder approach in the ancient world to the highly-fractured options that have dominated construction projects over the past decades. We now appear to be on a trend of integrating design and construction.
Management Consulting Sessions For Specific Projects
The Partnering Process — Prevention not Protectionism
Even after contracts are signed, the parties can choose how they will conduct themselves within the terms of the contract by consciously choosing to be partners in success (the win-win approach) rather than just protecting their respective interests (the win-lose approach). After presenting the what, why and how of a typical partnering session, the attendees will break into groups and simulate a partnering session.
Project Governance — Managing Your Sponsors
Governance gets a lot of press these days and generally refers to organization structures that prevent unethical corporate practices. In the project environment,the term governance is used to describe the processes for managing "up the organization". While the project management literature has significant material on the organization of the project team (those who report to the project manager), there is little on what governance structures are desirable and how to implement them. This interactive workshop provides some lecture material on the topic, followed by a workshop on establishing an appropriate structure for technology projects.
Project Success Criteria and Team Building — Based on a Technology Project
The workshop starts with an outline of an actual international mega-project without actually identifying the project. After the preamble that sets the stage for the workshops, the attendees will break into groups and independently
develop their lists of criteria for project success. After providing more background on the sponsors of the case study project but still not identifying the project, the groups will be asked how they would enhance project success by creating a project team out of diverse or divided groups.
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