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In Project Management for IT Professionals, participants will learn...

  • To more accurately define each project
  • How to evaluate risks, costs and benefits inherent in every project
  • How to manage the project seamlessly from initial concept to final evaluation
  • How to approach every IT project with the confidence that it can be done

The complex and expensive technology that keeps your organization running requires specialized skills to keep projects from getting off track and running up expenses and frustrations. This training course was designed to address the specialized needs of IT project managers, and is presented by noted IT pros—so your employees will receive practical, usable and IT-specific project management know-how.

Who will benefit from this training

Any IT project management professional




    SkillPath Training Information

    SkillPath Enterprise Solutions can bring the following topic to your company: Project Management for IT Professionals

    Click on the link below for more information. http://www.skillpath.com/index.cfm/on-site/training/topic/IT-Project Management-Professionals



    TRAINING AGENDA

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    Effective IT project management

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    • What makes managing IT projects different from managing other types of projects
    • What makes a project a project … and something beyond “regular work”
    • Phases of effective IT project management
    • How to be influential as a technical project manager
    • IT-specific hurdles that block successful project completion
    • Setting the proper scope of any IT project
    • Resources needed to manage a project effectively
    • Understanding key roles, a project team and how they relate to the project’s process
    • Feasibility: Is this project doable? 3 measures to consider
    • The IT project payback

    Plan and launch an IT project right the first time

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    • Beginning with a clear vision of a successful project
    • How to set concrete and achievable IT project objectives
    • Push beyond the concept and into the active planning stages
    • Methodologies that work for IT project planning
    • IT project management constraints
    • What to consider when creating a project budget
    • Factors that can derail an IT project budget
    • Determining whether IT project costs are absolute or marginal
    • IT-appropriate project management software and what to look for
    • Multitasking: How to set priorities within a single project and among multiple projects
    • Using Gantt and PERT charts to plan and make decisions
    • Units of work: How to list and order an IT project’s many activities
    • How to build and maintain project schedules and deadlines
    • Top reasons why IT deadlines are missed and what to do about them
    • Proving and validating the plan created
    • How to structure and write an IT project plan

    Gauging risks and using the information for IT project decisions

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    • Top risk factors and how to avoid them
    • Possible or probable? Which risks are most likely to occur?
    • No risk, no gain: How to manage risks
    • How to spread risk across multiple projects
    • Is upper management for or against a project? … and what to do in either case
    • How to rid non-IT senior managers of their common IT project fears
    • Measuring risk by looking at both direct and indirect costs
    • Project potholes on the road to success

    Succeed through strong and supportive project leadership

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    • How to distinguish between project leadership and project management
    • Four leadership styles and when to use each option
    • How to build the project team that matches the challenge
    • Developing team member commitment to project vision, goals and objectives
    • How to match team member strengths with responsibilities
    • Creating performance standards and consequences for failure
    • How to encourage a team to work as one
    • Leading through project breakdowns and change
    • Conflict resolution is key to IT project progress
    • How to communicate like a leader
    • How to avoid major pitfalls in project management
    • How to become a better project manager

    How to supervise, track, monitor and control project progress

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    • Questions to ask when evaluating a project’s progress
    • Developing early-warning systems that evaluate project progress
    • The most useful monitoring tools for IT project management
    • How to use the Critical Path Method in project tracking
    • Databases and their usefulness to project supervisors
    • The 3 best ways to get a struggling project back up to speed
    • Monitoring simultaneous projects with greater ease and efficiency
    • How to know if project tracking is off
    • Expenditures: Watching where the money goes
    • Five elements to consider in tracking data
    • When and how to make the best use of milestones
    • Schedule slippage: How to stop the slide
    • How to improve project team accountability

    IT management project reports

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    • Considering the critical audiences interested in an IT project
    • How to translate and make findings useful to those outside the IT sphere
    • Establishing strong reporting procedures among team members
    • Matching the report form to the project at hand
    • How to keep senior management informed when issues and problems arise
    • Delivering the results in a meaningful way
    • How to manage those outside demands for changes in project objectives, outcomes, specs and deliverables
    • The write stuff … how to make project reports more readable
    • How to overcome the biggest drawbacks to project report meetings

    Contingency plans for IT projects

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    • Building a bulletproof backup plan for any IT project
    • How to hold on to support, even when the project’s changing
    • Why micromanagement is not the way to save a project
    • Modeling toward stronger solutions
    • Common triggers for backup plan activation
    • Don’t change a thing … without measuring projected outcomes
    • When to scale back a faltering project to cut costs
    • Considering the consultant’s or outside vendor’s role as a project-rescue resource
    • Pitfalls to avoid with new technology or new methodology and cost estimates
    • Change management—one key to success
    • 2 risk types to consider in a contingency plan
    • 6 steps to better risk management
    • Special leadership responsibilities and rescue plans

    How to manage the completion and close of an IT project

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    • Setting project controls as completion nears and pressure grows
    • Accurately measuring a project’s outcome
    • How to determine if an IT project is successful
    • Using this project’s lessons to make the next project even better
    • When a project fails—the importance of finding out why
    • How to figure a project’s legitimate ROI
    • 15 “to-do’s” to ensure a project is fully completed
    • How to structure post-project reviews for maximum benefit
    • Final report
    • 20 questions to ask about your own project management performance
    • Closure—and the need to mark the end for team members
    • A guide to Internet and other project management resources