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Maximize the Value of Your Project Investments

The Challenge
Most organizations spend substantial sums of money each year on projects. This is done on the assumption that projects will, upon their conclusion, provide a value of some importance to the organization. Unfortunately, this is not always the outcome. Not only is it common for projects to fail but there are also far too many instances where the project is completed but little or no value is gained.

The Solution
Losses of this kind are completely avoidable. We now understand not only how to manage projects so that delivery is a success, but tools and techniques are available that help management ensure that the right projects are chosen at the right time so that full value is realized. Management has much to gain by employing these proven approaches to project selection, execution and oversight.

Maximize the Value of Your Project Investments has been carefully designed to meet the training needs of a diverse management audience. Prospective attendees may have a wide range of interests, from ensuring that funded projects align with business needs to concern that projects are properly planned and executed. With this diverse audience in mind, this course integrates a range of topics that should be both interesting and valuable to all who attend. While based on current PMIŽ standards, all topics are supplemented with field-proven best practices that are effective in any project setting. Topics include:
  • Defining Business Value
  • Optimizing Business Value in projects
  • What the Project Sponsor can do
  • Identifying, prioritizing and funding the right projects
  • Using projects to fulfill strategy
  • Managing the Project Pipeline
  • Avoidable sources of project failure
  • Project Success Strategies that management can follow
Who should attend
This course is of value to managers at all levels, from department heads to top executives. Anyone who requests that projects be done, is concerned with fulfilling business strategy, or who wants to ensure that projects deliver their promised Business Value should consider taking this course.

Course Outline

Section 1: Defining Business Value
  • Characteristics of Business Value
  • Steps to fully realize Business Value
  • Defining Project Success
  • Value of Portfolio Management (PfM)
  • Managing for long-term value: Project Value Management
  • What the Sponsor Can Do
  • What the Project Manager Can Do
Section 2: Project Portfolio Management Improves ROI
  • Fundamental PfM Concepts
  • Promise of PfM
  • PfM Overview
  • Project Identification
  • Evaluating Proposed Projects
  • Project Selection Criteria
  • Importance of Strategic Alignment
  • Project Selection Logic
  • The Prioritization Process
  • Project Budgeting
  • Master Project Schedule (MPS)
  • Managing the Project Pipeline
  • Role of Management in PfM
Section 3: Formal Project Management Improves ROI
  • Sources of Project Success and Failure
  • Important management control points that promote success:
    • Scope Control
    • Schedule Management
    • Quality of Deliverables
    • Estimation
    • Resource Management
    • Transition
    • Managing the project to optimize Business Value
  • Portfolio Rebalance
Summary and Review

Learning Approach
  • A highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, hands-on exercises and group discussions to drive home the essential points of this material.
  • The course is completed in a single day. Training includes exercises, four short breaks and an hour for lunch.
  • We will build on your prior experience in this topic, while providing you with a structure and vocabulary to use in future projects.
  • If you have modest project management knowledge, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Participant Guide which will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.

Why should I take this course?
  • This course explains how to ensure that Business Value is fully considered throughout the life of a project and beyond. As a result, your organization is more likely to get what it wants from its projects.
  • Attendees take home a whole new set of tools and techniques that can help them realize a much better return on their project investments.

Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We can deliver the training program you need onsite and at an attractive discount. Call us toll free in the US at 1.800.877.8129, or +1.919.495.7371 International.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide and others.

Course Information

Course ID: 1766
Duration: 1 day
Class size: 6 to 30
· PMP® certified instruction
· Student Guide
· Participation Certificate
· 7 PDUs

Download this course description as a printable PDF document.
Pricing Information
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