Category Archives: Project Management Skills

The Power to Serve

The Power to Serve Workshop is an in-house and custom designed workshop for enterprises who want to improve their overall knowledge-sharing systems, to include Microsoft Sharepoint and other knowledge-sharing tools deployed.

While geared more for end users, this modular workshop optionally sets aside time at the front-end to install or upgrade Microsoft Sharepoint & Project servers (and any other pre-requisites). Installations are performed by our own Microsoft-certified associates.

This 5- to 7-day workshop is custom-tailored to your organizational needs – from helping marketing staff get the most from Sharepoint collaborations, to helping project managers share & collect data using Microsoft Project. This workshop brings together your IT,  HR, marketing and PMO teams so everyone winds up on the same shared page.

Workshop Goals

The Power to Serve Workshop goals are simple:

  1. Upgrade or install a state-of-the-art knowledge-sharing system, and build capacity within your IT group.
  2. Train managers in the art of sharing information (whether it be project, HR or marketing-related data)
  3. Set plans for further enhancing your organization’s ability to share knowledge and data after the workshop concludes

Typical Daily Schedule

P2SERVE Class Outline [7-day] - Please click to enlarge...
Power to Server Class Outline [7-day] – Please click to enlarge…

How We Deliver

The Power to Serve Workshop is delivered in-house, with an optional advance team that will inspect, upgrade and otherwise make functional your systems. The remaining workshop days are spent with users of the system, making sure they are proficient and comfortable with changes made.

In addition, all of our workshops are participatory in nature, and allow time for experience sharing as well as a pre-flight expectation gathering. Our trainers are also skilled at gauging how the workshop is progressing and can adjust both the pace and content. Every workshop includes a comprehensive training report upon completion, that gives your management team a blow-by-blow accounting. using daily feedback results from each participant.

Workshop materials are all-digital in format, and provided to all registrants via this website (user registration required). Once your registration is confirmed, all materials can be downloaded at anytime – forever!. Specifically included with this workshop:

  • Software guides for any installed software (ebooks)
  • Trial versions of any software used during the training
  • Slides for workshop in PDF format
  • Lifetime access to the workshop’s participant page, chocked full of resources
  • Access to our own  hosted Microsoft Sharepoint / Microsoft Project Server for training purposes
  • Training Certificates (in both printed and digital formats)

* Content and schedule of this workshop subject to change, and can be fully customized to meet your organization’s needs (i.e. for specific CRM tools in place, such as SAP or MS Dynamics)

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The Power of M&E

The Power of M&E Workshop is for project managers and M&E professionals who want to improve their program-management skills using updated approaches and monitoring methodologies that conform to a results-based management best-practice. In short, this workshop teaches you skills that help you monitor & evaluate (M&E) both projects and programmes – and will also help you achieve better results.

This 5-day workshop is held publically, or can be custom-tailored to an organization’s needs. For example, if you need your entire team working on an M&E plan for your organization or project, this workshop is an ideal place to get that work started.

This workshop is for both the beginning manager, as well as the experienced – anyone who wants to really dig deep into M&E should plan on attending.

Workshop Goals

In this workshop, participants will work in teams to achieve the following:

  • Brainstorm your org’s current state of M&E and discuss how to do better
  • Understand the basic concepts behind functional M&E
  • See how your Value for Money (VfM) can be improved by following proper M&E
  • Actually plan how to ensure a project results-chain is logically presented in logframe, as well as how to set realistic indicators for better results
  • Learn how to link project/programme logframe while preparing a Results-based M&E Framework
  • Learn how to gather data efficiently and how to roll out an Results-based M&E system within your organization
  •  Practice breaking down the work like a pro – using a Work Breakdown Structure and a mind-mapping tool
  •  Prepare your data for reporting that, in the end, will make your M&E work shine

Typical Daily Schedule

M&E Class Outline (5-day) - Click to enlarge...
The Power of M&E Outline (5-day) – Click to enlarge…

How We Deliver this Workshop

The Power of M&E Workshop is most often delivered in the form of a public workshop, where people interested in M&E from many different organizations can gather and learn – you can go here to sign-up up for that now, or check our schedule to see when the next workshop will run. In addition, this workshop can also be custom-tailored as an in-house training –  just send us an info request, and then we’ll talk.

You should also know that all of our workshops are participatory in nature, and our trainers allow time for experience sharing, reflection as well as a pre-flight expectation gathering to ensure most of the individual expectations can best be addressed within the scope of course.  Our trainers are also skilled at gauging how the workshop is progressing, and can adjust both the pace and content accordingly (we leave no participant behind).

Participants will have ample opportunity learning various participatory tools alongside the learning content. Every workshop includes a comprehensive training report upon completion that gives your management team a blow-by-blow accounting using daily feedback results from each participant.

Workshop materials are all-digital in format, and provided to all registrants via this website (user registration required). Once your registration is confirmed, all materials can be downloaded at anytime – forever! Specifically included with this workshop are:

  • Workshop slides in PDF format
  • Access to a special workshop page on this website – chocked full of resources
  • Trial versions of any software used during the workshop
  • Certificates of Training delivered at the end of the course on printed certificate paper and in digital format

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The Power to Plan

P2P at the Marriott London County House, London, UK
Power to Plan at the Marriott London County House, London, UK

The Power to Plan Workshop is for project managers who want to improve their project planning skills using the latest methodologies and tools.

This workshop is for both the beginning project manager as well as the most experienced – anyone who wants to brush up on the latest in project management techniques & tools will benefit.

The 3 (or 5-day) workshop helps participants develop & schedule projects quickly and collaboratively by:

  1. Breaking down project work using a visualization tool (mind-mapping).
  2. Taking the visualization and rendering project schedules and budgets using Project Plan 365  or Microsoft Project.
  3. Using the plans created to explore many important aspects of project management, such as risk assessment, reporting, resource management and more.

Participants typically take any work done during the workshop and further refine the work after the workshop – immediately putting their new plans into play.

Workshop Goals

During this workshop, participants will work in teams to achieve the following:

  • Brainstorm your organization’s current state of project planning, and discuss how to do better
  • Explore PM apps and services available on the market today
  • Learn the fundamentals of creating a quick Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Use MindJet MindManager to visually represent a WBS
  • Create a project plan w/schedule & budget from a mind-mapped WBS, by importing that data into Project Plan 365 / Microsoft Project
  • Learn the ins & outs of the Project Plan 365 or Microsoft Project interface
  • Create a custom Red-Amber-Green (RAG) Indicator and explore other customizations
  • Create a master plan and subplans for better portfolio management, and discuss the establishment of a Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Create a common resource pool for a set of project plans that will help you manage resources across different teams (HR management)
  • Produce financial reports and other key project reports using built-in reporting tools
  • Learn how to best share project data from within Project Plan 365 or Microsoft Project, and how to best collaborate with team members, partners and stakeholders
  • Plus much more!

Typical Daily Schedule

Three-day Power to Plan Workshop Outline (click to enlarge)
Three-day Power to Plan Workshop Outline (click to enlarge)

The 5-day training (vs. the 3-day training) follows the same basic schedule, but has more exercises and time for a deeper dive into MS Project (and alternative apps). In addition, there is more time allowed for knowledge sharing between participants.  A 5-day training also works best for groups greater than 9 and up to 20, and for a mixed-organization environment (i.e. public workshop).

How We Deliver the Power to Plan Workshop

The Power to Plan Workshop is best delivered in-house direct to your PMO team, or any group of planners responsible for the design and scheduling of projects. We can take existing plans or upcoming project ideas and render them in MS Project before the end of the training. This workshop is also offered publicly (several times a year, so sign-up now and we will let you know when & where the next workshop is taking place.

In addition, all of our workshops are participatory in nature, and allow time for experience sharing as well as a pre-flight expectation gathering. Our trainers are also skilled at gauging how the workshop is progressing and can adjust both the pace and content. Every workshop includes a comprehensive training report upon completion, that gives your management team a blow-by-blow accounting using daily feedback results from each participant.

Workshop materials are all-digital in format, and provided to all registrants via this website (user registration required). Once your registration is confirmed, all materials can be downloaded at anytime – forever! Specifically included with this workshop:

  • Certificates of Training (in both print and digital form)
  • Workshop slides in PDF format
  • Video tutorials & a 506-page E-book w/ exercises
  • Trial versions of all software used, with discounts available on select apps
  • Lifetime access to a special Participant Page, chocked full of resources
  • Free license for the Tap-on-the-Shoulder MS Project add-in (a $49 value)
  • Free 1-year subscription to Project Plan 365 (a MS Project Alternative, a $129.99 value)

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