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Project Management: A Team Approach for Accountability and Results

Course Length: 2 days

Have you ever been involved in a project where the goals were unclear or impossible, the specs kept changing, or resources were given then taken away? Much of what affects a project cannot be helped, but there are many obstacles to productivity and success that can be prevented, anticipated, or eliminated.

"Everybody knows" you're supposed to communicate when working as part of a team and "everybody knows" what happens when we make assumptions and don't take the time to check them out with others. Everybody also knows how much poor communication can cost in time, resources, customer satisfaction and team morale. But knowing all this doesn't always ensure that people do communicate or check out assumptions, or even that they have the skills and framework within which to do so.

Using a mix of presentation, group interaction, experiential exercises, and real-world application to your own projects, this powerful 2-day course gives you and your team the common framework, skills, methodology and language to generate the accountability and superior results you know are possible. It gives you access to real data, not just opinions or "gut feelings," that you can use in your interactions with project sponsors and customers to negotiate and set expectations for achievable results.

Course Objectives

  • Establish a common language and set of processes that can be applied to all your projects
  • Gain a better understanding of the major factors that impact projects and learn how to more successfully manage your projects
  • Project Team Dynamics: the people side of project management
  • Project Processes: the methods and tools that make a difference in achieving project objectives
  • Apply the principles of project management to a real project.
  • Understand how to use the course workbook and other materials as a reference for your projects.

Key Topics

Day 1: Define and Organize the Project

  • Introduction - Project Team Simulation Exercise
  • Define and Organize the Project
  • Project Initiation and Team Definition
  • Project Objective and Priority Matrix
  • Project Team Planning Meeting
  • Project Infrastructure Checklist
  • Validation Meeting with Sponsor

Day 2: Plan and Manage the Project

Plan the Project

  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Dependency Diagram and Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Optimization Plans
  • Risk Analysis and Management Plans
  • Validation Meeting with Sponsor

Manage Progress to Plan

  • Collect Status Information
  • Identify and Analyze Variances
  • Reports on Progress to Plan
  • Close Out the Project
  • Project Retrospective and Team Meeting


Definitely recommend! This course will help any non-manager or project leader to create a sound project plan and to enhance or improve the plan to complete a project. NETGEAR, Sr. Test Dev. Engr.
Great class, instructor and content. Anritsu, Financial Analyst


 Patrick Neal

PATRICK NEAL has a passion for helping people and organizations reduce costs, improve productivity, and shorten time-to-market by developing organizational and individual competence in project management. He has worked with more than 200 organizations including IBM, AT&T, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and PG&E. More than 10,000 project managers have attended his training classes.

Patrick was a member of the Hewlett-Packard Project Management Initiative which was credited by an industry study with developing the best high-technology approach to project management. He founded the Project Management Office at Agilent Technologies.

Patrick has a doctorate in Organizational Communication and is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

 Payson Hall
PAYSON HALL has a passion for solving problems that drove him toward project management as a means to help organizations better select and implement solutions. He also teaches and writes about project management, problem solving and risk management for a variety of publications and has earned a reputation for demystifying complex topics and delivering entertaining, high-energy presentations.

After building a successful career in systems engineering, software development and systems integration, Payson worked as a project manager, troubleshooter and reviewer on a variety of large-scale projects in the public and private sectors. He now welcomes the opportunity to provide training skills on strategic planning, portfolio management and project selection, management and execution.

Payson has a B.S in Computer Science from California State University-Sacramento.

Nov 13 - 14
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Bldg E - Room SJO.E-185
1650 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA

San Jose, CA


Onsite Delivery

For more information about having a course delivered at your site and tailored to meet your organization's specific objectives.

Contact: info@effectivetraining.com