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Project Management Best Practices

Setting objectives, clarifying responsibilities, and incorporating agile techniques can make your team more effective and help your project succeed. One of the most common challenges faced by project managers is getting the right resources at the right time with the right amount of availability. Team members have their business-as-usual responsibilities and are on multiple projects at the same time. They are faced with multiple demands for their time and changing and conflicting priorities. To have a successful project, you must be able to gain your team member's attention, help them focus on the tasks at-hand, and be as productive as possible. This topic will focus on the best practices to help you build excitement for your project, procure the right sponsorship, and apply the appropriate Agile techniques to increase your team's efficiencies.


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Project Management Best Practices

Setting objectives, clarifying responsibilities, and incorporating agile techniques can make your team more effective and help your project succeed.

One of the most common challenges faced by project managers is getting the right resources at the right time with the right amount of availability. Team members have their business-as-usual responsibilities and are on multiple projects at the same time. They are faced with multiple demands for their time and changing and conflicting priorities. To have a successful project, you must be able to gain your team member's attention, help them focus on the tasks at-hand, and be as productive as possible. This topic will focus on the best practices to help you build excitement for your project, procure the right sponsorship, and apply the appropriate Agile techniques to increase your team's efficiencies.

Learning Objectives

In this course, you'll learn about:

  • Defining project objectives and drivers
  • Identifying the business problem to be solved
  • Formulating a project elevator speech
  • Identifying and evaluating all relevant stakeholders
  • Understanding agile principles and language
  • Applying agile techniques for staffing, planning, and more
  • Crafting a team designed to work together and play on team member strengths
  • Defining, assigning and documenting governance roles, duties and responsibilities

Our Faculty

With more than 20 years of experience in project management, Lisa-Ann Barnes is President of IreeTec Incorporated and is an established thought leader when it comes to project management. As an as an authority on projects and bringing the best out of all teams, she's poised to help you become more efficient at developing teams at work while helping you meet defined project objectives.

Project management involves many elements. From carefully planning and defining project drivers and objectives to defining what exactly projects designed to accomplish, planning is important part of management. In addition, all stakeholders need to be defined and evaluated. Stakeholders don't just include final clients and team members, but may extend to others, too. Identifying all stakeholders allows you to take advantage of the many resources you may have, including contractors, vendors, leads, sources of information and other stakeholders who can help you see your project in an entirely different light.

Using agile techniques and terminology helps you plan, staff and manage your project more effectively. Developing a team that builds on individuals and allows all members to work together for a common vision ensures everyone is working at their most efficient and is working towards a common goal rather than just simply filling time with busy work. The correct management techniques ensure your project stays on time, on budget and on track until its completion. Deciding on team and individual roles, assigning responsibilities and defining ways to keep people motivated are all important parts of project management you'll learn about.

Lead Projects With Mastery

Creatives, manufacturers and professionals in other industries all have projects to complete. A variety of professionals need to be able to master project management, including vice presidents, supervisors, managers, entrepreneurs, team leaders, vice presidents, administrative professionals and others. Even team members who will one day potentially lead a team or want to become more efficient in their role of support can use this training to learn what elements go into a successful team and learn how to handle team work more effectively.

As collaboration becomes a more central component in many businesses, technology ensures cooperation can happen in any organization and environment. In today's business world, teams may exist in workplaces across departments and even around the world with remote workers. Having strong project management skills ensures your project thrives, no matter what specific conditions you’re working with.

If you're seeking recertification from the International Association of Administrative, this training has been preapproved for 1.5 recertification points. You can also use this training to develop a better understanding of effective collaborative and project work.

Successful projects involve a combination of individual and collaborative strategies. Leading the project means you need to be able to keep everyone accountable and on track - you'll also need to bring the best out of every team member. Often, this means choosing your project team members carefully and placing them in roles where they will succeed and do their best. It also means effectively choosing strategies and processes that ensure your goal is carefully defined so the project keeps moving forward.

Successful projects involve:

  • Momentum
  • Collaboration
  • Shared vision
  • Good communication
  • Transparency
  • Strong systems and processes
  • Spaces for creativity and innovation
  • Accountability
  • Strong adherence to specific goals

Whether you're a project leader or manager, achieving all the above is a tall order. It means developing leadership skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, management skills and more. It can mean using technology effectively to communicate with your team, keep the project on track and manage multiple systems. It requires figuring out the logistics so every team member can share information and move seamlessly from one phase of a project to another. Effective project management also means ensuring everyone stays dedicated to the product until it's complete - you don't want professionals getting unmotivated or drifting off in the middle of important work. This is part of choosing the right members and goals so everyone feels excited about the task at hand.

Project management is about finding the line between over-managing and spending too much time on planning, or allowing a project to spin out of control through under-planning. This training in best practices will ensure you're a hands-on leader who manages effectively while still giving your carefully chosen team the freedom to excel in their chosen fields. Whether your project includes developing a book or other content or getting ready for an IPO or developing products, these techniques can be used in a variety of workplaces and projects.

The Importance of Project Management Today

In today's business world, companies are creating new business campaigns, expanding into new markets, working on research and development, launching new products, developing new branches or departments and more. These large tasks are collaborative projects that involve entire departments, professionals from across departments and even entire companies.

Comprehensive projects are very different than individual work, where tasks can be repetitive and are often clearly defined. Teams and projects often require individuals to expand past their established roles and ask them to try to understand different departments or different specialties to collaborate effectively.

An IT team, for example, may need to understand a company's marketing approach. Creatives may be asked to understand basic engineering concepts to work toward a successful product launch. Together, these individual members may need to formulate collaborative ideas that span across different disciplines. This takes dedication, good communication and strong strategies since individuals may all be speaking different professional languages.

The effectiveness of team projects often relies heavily on the group's ability to work together in a seamless, effective manner. Your team's personalities and understanding of the material at hand must be managed effectively - roles, tasks, time and deadlines must also be handled in the most efficient way possible.

Develop the Skills You Need to Succeed, Even With Your Busy Schedule

When you're working on something, chances are you have multiple projects underway at once - and they're probably all at different stages, too. You may be starting one project, amid a crucial phase with another one and putting the final touches on a third. No matter how many projects you're balancing, you can still get the training you need and start applying it to your success with Lorman Education Services.

Lorman Education Services understands you want to be the actionable. It's why this training from Lorman is designed to be comprehensive and useful. You'll learn specific practices and ideas you can start applying immediately to work more efficiently. At the same time, you don't have to travel to take advantage of this training. Even if you have a busy schedule with multiple projects on your plate, this online training lets you learn project management best practices without leaving your home or office.

Unlike other project management courses, ours offers flexible online training that works around your full schedule. In just minutes, you can download this training and start learning right away. Whether you want to look up specific ideas, listen to the material multiple times in full or learn in short increments of just a few minutes between meetings and deadlines, our courses can work for you. You're in the driver's seat and get to choose how you will learn. At Lorman, we understand everyone learns differently - that's why we offer this flexible, customizable learning. You can take this single seminar to bolster your understanding of project management, or sign up for a variety of related materials to build true mastery in the art and science of project management. It's up to you.

With audio and visual components you can experience anywhere, as well as supplementary materials, this training works with you. This training requires no prerequisites or textbooks. There is no waiting list, and you don't have to deal with waiting until class starts. You can start learning today in minutes and learn as little or as much as you like. Review the materials multiple times or scan through the sections that are most relevant for you. With us, you get to make your training exactly how you need it to be.

Get More Training With an All-Access Pass

You can buy this project management training today on an individual basis. However, Lorman Education Services also gives you the option of purchasing an All Access Pass, which allows you to access all training in the Lorman Education Services resource library for one full year at one budget-friendly price.

If you want to develop your professional skills or pursue new career opportunities, and All Access Pass can be an excellent investment. It allows you to build on what you learn about project management by taking other classes related to areas which matter to you. Learn more about project management, the technology you need to manage teams effectively, best practices and more by taking a variety of training options with Lorman Education Services.

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With an All Access Pass, you can get training in all these formats and more. In addition, over the course of the year, any new training released will be instantly available to you. Whether you're an HR professional, administrative assistant, attorney or other professional, you can get the training you need for your specific field and gain leadership training and project management training in one source. Take a few days to study intensively, or learn more gradually over a year - you'll be surprised how much you can study. Either way, you'll have the tools you need at your fingertips to make mastering project management a reality.

If individual training materials or an All Access Pass isn't the right solutions for you, or if you need something specific, Lorman Education Services offers customized solutions. Just tell us what you need, and we will craft project management training tools to meet your specific needs. Whether you need to develop an intensive training for your entire team or would like a project management training tool for a specific type of product or a unique work situation, we can make it happen.

If you prefer on-site training, Lorman Education Services also offers this solution. For our on-site for custom solutions, contact us to discuss your needs and details.

Lorman Education Services Brings You Training

Lorman Education Services has more than 30 years of experience bringing training to some of the leading professionals around the country. Individual thought leaders turn to us when they need professional continuing education credits or when they want to master skills to stay competitive in their fields. Some of the leading legal companies and businesses across all industries turn to us when they need professional training for their teams or individuals.

Lorman Education Services works only with the top faculty members and thought leaders to bring you solutions which work in your business. In addition, our resource library is constantly being updated and revised to ensure it reflects best practices, business trends and current understandings and regulations. We ensure you get the most relevant information you need. We develop professional business training designed for professionals by professionals who understand what it takes to succeed in your field. Sign up for an All Access Pass or our individual project management training seminars today to make collaborative projects work for you.

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Agenda

Defining the Objectives

  • Identifying the Project Drivers
  • Articulating the Business Problem
  • Creating the Project Elevator Speech

Project Stakeholders and Governance

  • Identifying and Analyzing Project Stakeholders
  • Governance Roles and Responsibilities
  • Documenting Roles and Responsibilities

Applying Agile Techniques

  • Understanding Agile Principles and Terminology
  • Agile Techniques for Staffing, Planning Work, and Sharing Status
  • Building a Strong Team

Wrap-up

  • Questions and Answers
  • Call to Action
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This course was last revised on December 1, 2017.

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  • ASAP PACE 0.1
     
  • This course is pre-approved through the American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP) for 0.1 CEU(s) towards your PACE Recertification.
     
  • IAAP 1.5
     
  • This course has been preapproved by the International Association of Administrative professionals for 1.5 recertification point(s).
     

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Faculty

Lisa-Ann Barnes

Lisa-Ann Barnes

IreeTec Incorporated

  • President of IreeTec Incorporated
  • More than 20 years experience in project management in multiple industries and business functions
  • Developed an adaptable methodology for project management and has implemented it successfully in many companies
  • Helps teams improve their project effectiveness through process improvements, strategy development, training, mentoring, project management office implementations, and other consulting services
  • Onsite, virtual, self-paced training classes on several project management topics
  • Adjunct faculty at Northwestern University and recipient of the 2016 Professional Development Faculty Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award
  • Certified as Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute
  • B.S. degree in finance, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
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