Few leaders have the luxury of focusing on a single project. Instead, they must balance multiple simultaneous projects, constantly making imperfect trade-offs between conflicting needs. This class looks at the personal skills you need to manage multiple projects. However, there is only so much you can do on your own. Therefore, this class also looks at the supporting organizational framework that enables a project-based organization to do many projects. It also includes a short introduction to portfolio management, which is a technique for deciding which projects to invest in.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Explain how portfolios, programs, and collections of loosely related projects are different.
- Understand the crucial impacts that organizational considerations such as governance, stage gates, and matrix responsibilities have on managing multiple projects.
- Plan projects in a multiple project environment, including setting priorities, sharing resources, and coordination dependencies across projects.
- Use a dashboard to track and steer the execution of a collection of projects
- Escalate and resolve cross-project issues.
- Select appropriate techniques to conquer the size and complexity of programs containing multiple projects.
- Explain how to construct an integrated portfolio of projects that is aligned with strategy, is balanced, and is feasible.
- Create an action plan to apply the class materials to their unique work situation.
- Personal Productivity Techniques
- Good Organizational Support
- Working Across a Matrix
- Power and Influence
- Organizational Maturity
- Standard Methodologies
- Project Governance
- Management Support
- Being Effective on Every Project
- Good Project Hygiene
- Consistency and Repeatability
- Inter-Project Dependencies
- Planning Resources Across Projects
- Executing Multiple Projects
- Escalation, Prioritizing, and Issue Resolution
- Leveraging Lessons Learned
- Introduction to Programs and Portfolios
- Action Planning
Who Should Attend:
All previous Project Management: Foundations and Best Practices attendees. This class is designed for experienced product, project, and line managers who want to improve personal and organizational capabilities for managing multiple simultaneous projects. This is not a class on personal “juggling” skills.
Attendees should have prior experience applying project management techniques and methodologies on stand-alone projects.
Cost: 1-day class
Location: Location and driving directions will be emailed separately upon registration.