Applying Project Management to Getting the Work Done
Let’s face it – we are all managing projects every day! They may be simple or more complex, but regardless of what role you have within the organization – managing projects is likely to be one of the things you have to do! You don’t need to be a project manager or aspire to be one to learn how to manage the projects on your plate effectively and efficiently. This program will provide you the basics of managing projects – regardless of their size or complexity.
The Virtual Project Team is Sucking the Life out of Me!
So much rides on the success of a project team – and when you have a virtual team (whether across the world, across the country or in the next state) there are many more challenges on a daily basis that affect team performance. In today’s world, most every organization needs to work across time zones. Poor team performance will ultimately affect the success of the project and will, frankly, make you crazy! The frustrations pile up as you attempt to herd cats! This session is designed to provide participants best practices to manage virtual (global) teams – accomplishing their goals and keeping sane in the process!
Women and Project Management: How to Survive and Thrive!
Even with more women than ever before in project management – challenges for women are still out there! In addition to managing the project, women often have to manage gender biases. Gina shares the top 10 things that women in project management should know and do in order to be seen as a leader and get past the gender biases.
Best Practices for Managing HR Projects
The ability to manage projects is essential for anyone – regardless of their specific role – in Human Resources. Let’s face it, human resource professionals inevitably have a number of projects to lead for the business and additionally have a number of initiatives they would like to undertake. This seminar provides best practices for managing HR projects, from how to socialize the initiative to get buy-in and commitment from leaders and others in the organization through to utilizing lessons learned to improve how projects are managed.
Change Management Would Be Easy if People Weren't Involved
Often our sole focus is on managing changes that occur to our projects; however, that is not sufficient. We forget one very important component of managing change and that is managing stakeholder’s expectations around change – this is a big component of nearly any project regardless of its size or complexity. When we don’t effectively manage people’s expectations around change on our projects we risk project failure! The effort we must put forth increases when we begin to work on projects that involve stakeholders from a variety of cultural backgrounds or with virtual or remote teams. In this presentation, learn best practices for managing the people side of change.
Managing a Process Improvement Initiative: Key Tips for Project Managers
Using a case study example of a client project, this presentation will focus on managing a business process redesign project from a project manager’s perspective. This presentation will provide project managers, business analysts and others who work on business process improvement projects with a step-by-step process for effective management of such projects. Unique challenges to business process improvement projects will be discussed along with recommendations on how to avoid issues arising early in the project. Participants will learn a process for managing business process improvement initiatives and will take-away worksheets and templates for use back on the job.
Developing a Project Management Best Practice
This presentation will focus on the specifics of developing a project management best practice in an organization regardless of their size and the number of project managers. Organizations are beginning to see the value of formalizing their project management practices, including developing best practices, career and training paths for project managers, and putting a formal methodology/process in place. The presentation will center on a case study of services firm where a project management practice was developed with no current project management processes/framework and training or “official” project managers in place. It will step through the process of creating the best practice and demonstrate the value shown once a project management mindset was adopted within the organization.
Managing Stakeholders to Increase Project Success
The ability to manage your stakeholders means that you are more successful in accomplishing the project goals – and less frustrated in dealing with stakeholders! You can’t tell stakeholders what to do and when to do it! You need to influence them to participate in the project. The ability to build relationships and communicate with stakeholders is absolutely essential to project success. This presentation provides best practices for building and sustaining relationships with stakeholders.
Case Study: Developing a Project Management Center of Excellence
Using a client case study, this session will provide best practices to develop a project management center of excellence to accomplish a variety of goals, including: elevating the business analysis group within the organization through improving the work done on projects, improving the time-to-market for products and services introduced to clients, and providing training and support to project managers. Participants will learn a step-by-step process as well as a variety of best practices from developing the business case through to launch of the Center of Excellence.
Incorporating Project Management Practices into Small Businesses
Project management enables small businesses to get the work done! In this session, participants will focus on the benefits and value-add of incorporating project management practices into small businesses. An increasing number of small businesses – both non-profits and for-profits – see the value in utilizing project management processes and procedures – creating a best practice – within their business for a variety of purposes. This presentation will provide a step-by-step process to how to get started in incorporating project management best practices into any small business to increase efficiencies and effectiveness. Templates will be provided to use back in the office.
Using Return on Investment to Evaluate Project Management Training Programs
When money gets tight in the organization, training budgets are cut! Learn how to use ROI best practices to provide convincing data to executives about the contribution of project management programs within the organization – whether those programs are training programs or mentoring programs. Today’s executives are increasingly looking toward ROI to show the financial benefits and business impact that highly visible training programs, such as strategic project management programs, have across the organization. The presentation will focus on best practices and using the Phillips ROI Methodology™ to show the value of project management training within the organization.
Developing Your Project Team to Ensure Project Success
If you don’t spend time developing the project team, they can’t be successful working together collaboratively and meeting the goals of the project. Before you kick off the project – kick off the project team! This presentation will focus on best practices to kick off and effectively develop the project team. Case study examples will be used to learn best practices for kicking off the project team, recommendations for developing the project team and resolving team issues. Participants will be provided suggested team exercises and checklists to use back on the job.
Evaluating the Business Impact and ROI of Your Project Management Practice
Trying to make the case to expand the project management practice within the organization – whether through hiring new project managers or launching a PMO? This presentation will focus on best practices for evaluating the business impact and ROI of your current project management practice to make the case for continued growth. A case study example will be provided along with a comprehensive step-by-step process, based on the Phillips ROI Methodology™, for evaluating the effectiveness of your project management practice. Participants will “take away” templates and checklists for use back on the job.
Best Practices for Implementation of Business Process Initiative Projects
Process improvement initiatives are often the most difficult for any project manager to manage. This presentation will provide participants with best practices for managing business process improvement projects within their business – regardless of the complexity of the business process initiative. A step-by-step process will be shared to help those involved in such initiatives to ensure that they are effectively able to manage such projects and engage the appropriate individuals throughout the organization. Participants will take away worksheets and templates for use back on the job.
Case Study: Growing Project Excellence through Effective Project Management Education
Educating staff – whether formal project managers or not – is essential to enable for getting the work done. This is especially true in today’s world where we continue to do more with less. This presentation will focus on a case study of a company that developed a strategic, organization-wide multi-tier training program to meet the needs of project managers and team members within the organization. Discussion will focus on the company’s approach to such programs, how the program ties into the organization’s strategic goals, the use of needs assessments and applications for selecting participants for the program, working with suppliers to support and contribute to the program, and piloting the program for eventual organization-wide global deployment.
Case Study: Prove Your Value to the Bottom Line: Evaluating the Business Impact and ROI of Your Business Process Improvement Initiative
Using a case study example, this presentation will provide participants with a method for evaluating the business impact and return on investment of business process improvement initiatives. Participants will be provided a 4-step process, based on the Phillips ROI Methodology™, for evaluating such initiatives: Evaluation Planning, Data Collection, Data Analysis and Reporting. Participants will have access to templates for use back on the job.
Socializing Business Process Improvement Initiatives throughout the Organization
Too frequently, business process improvement initiatives are “lost” within the organization – not enough people know what is going on and why changes are being made in how the work is done. Business process improvement initiatives are frequently some very strategic initiatives that impact the entire organization! This presentation will provide participants with best practices around socializing their initiatives. Participants will take back to the job ways to engage the organization in understanding and supporting business process improvement initiatives.
Best Practices for Creating a Continuous Change and Improvement Culture in Your Organization
The most successful organizations have a culture of continuous improvement. Change is seen as a positive and an opportunity. This presentation will provide best practices to create and foster a culture of continuous change and improvement within an organization – regardless of its size. Benefits of creating such a culture along with best practices for moving toward becoming an organization that continuously focuses on improvement will be provided. A variety of case studies will be used to illustrate challenges some companies have had in moving to a culture of continuous improvement and how they overcame those challenges. Participants learn how to effectively get the buy-in needed to move to an improvement-focused culture within their companies.
Stories from the Trenches
In this keynote session, Gina shares her stories – the good, the bad and the ugly! – on how she worked her way to where she is today – running a successful consulting business and providing workshops to clients, along with getting published. She’ll talk about successes and challenges encountered, including a few mistakes made along the way!
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