Organizations seeking to accelerate growth and lower operating costs often make large investments in technology solutions to support their goals – yet often they don’t achieve the expected benefits. Technology implementations must be well planned and well executed to support organizational goals, avoid delays and ensure user adoption.
This course equips technologists to organize, plan, execute, and communicate all aspects of a technology implementation for a fraction of the time and cost of a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Students leave equipped to apply what they learned to help their organizations succeed.
What you’ll learn:
The goal of this course is to equip a technologist with the capabilities to project manage technology implementations in order to deliver value. You will develop proficiencies that prepare you to:
- Organize – Elicit the correct information to establish a project. Define its scope, goals, objectives, deliverables and their related specifications and acceptance criteria, and what the customers will provide. Organize this information into a contractual framework.
- Plan – Convert the scope of the project into executable work elements with defined tasks, time, costs, resource assignments, milestones and deadlines.
- Execute – Move the plan into action, using project resources, to achieve the end goal. Learn to track progress, address issues, and project time, cost, and technical impacts.
- Communicate – Efficiently and effectively communicate project status, issues, plans and resolutions to distinct audiences.
- Manage risk – Identify risk areas, quantify impact, and take action to mitigate problems.
- Effect change – Purposefully plan and drive change such that the completed and implemented technology solution is adopted by the organization and achieves desired utility.
- Unit 1 – Learn project management language and terminology
- Unit 2 – Understand project architecture, elements and relationships
- Unit 3 – Apply methodology and tools to scope and architect a project
- Unit 4 – Strengthen ability to organize, staff, and lead a project
- Unit 5 – Provide a framework for progress reporting and Risk management
- Unit 6 – Explore methods to optimize process and facilitate change
- While this course is purposefully NOT aimed to serve as PMI/PMP exam preparation, the material IS closely aligned with PMP’s Body of Knowledge. The student who completes this course will be prepared to return to the workplace equipped to lead a technology implementation AND will have a solid foundation for further PMI/PMP training.
- 3 days
- Join the class in our Reston, VA training facility or via video conference.
- Bill Howden, who is a member of the Project Management Institute, holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering. Using the tools and strategies presented in this class, Bill has managed numerous successful technology projects of all sizes in a variety of organizations and has led teams of project managers within Program Management Offices (PMO). Bill has taught project management courses while working at Hughes, JDSU and EXFO and with numerous consulting clients.
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