The Accidental Project Manager Workshop: The Discipline of Project Management with the Art of Working with People®
Business is increasingly project driven. Nearly every business function, from offering a new service to developing a new employee onboarding program, is essentially about planning, executing and reporting on projects. Whether you have a formal project management process in place or not, whether you have the title of project manager or not, chances are – you manage projects.
The rules keep changing. In today’s frenetic business world, the project plan is always a work in progress. One small change in the business environment can require a rapid shift in the priorities or resources for your project. You need tools that are flexible enough to manage the constant course adjustments and structured enough to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
People are people. Of course, having the right tools is only half the story. Project teams are made up of individuals who each bring their own opinions, styles, egos, skills, weaknesses and idiosyncrasies to the project. People are people – and people are messy!
Bottom line: Leading a project – or even participating effectively as a project team member– requires both the science of managing processes in a constantly changing environment and the art of dealing with people.
A New Series for Managing Projects
The Accidental Project Manager Workshop: The Discipline of Project Management with the Art of Working with People® equips you to handle both processes and people in your constantly shifting environment:
- Learn to use fundamental project management tools & techniques, like project charters, communication plans, scope diagrams, Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and other project documents, that will work for projects of any size – whether tracking them requires enterprise-wide software or Post-It Notes® and the back of an envelope.Prove your project is worth the time and resources it will take to be successful by aligning it with the strategic goals of your organization.
- Invest more time than you think you should in the initial planning phase so you can adjust on the fly when your project changes. (And it will change – throughout the whole life of the project!)
- Facilitate your meetings – with your team, with your sponsors, and with the people who may not even know they are stakeholders – to get the results your project needs.
- Read the style preferences of your team members and other stakeholders so you can communicate in their own “language” and make conflicts both safe and useful.
- Customize your own resource manual and CD with check lists, worksheets, tools and scripts to use throughout the life of your project.
- Develop a personal action plan so your professional development extends beyond the training event.
- Set up a peer-to-peer support process to help troubleshoot your current projects and make your next one even better.
Simple project management tools. Real world people skills.
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