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Project Management Strategy Courses

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PM Advanced, PM Strategy Design Thinking for Project Managers (Advanced)
03/23/2017 to 03/24/2017

PMGT 31206 | Design Thinking for Project Managers (Advanced)

New Course Offering

As professional project managers in today’s complex, dynamic, and global world we are constantly reminded that must strive to “meet and exceed” our customer’s expectations. This has become a mandate, whether delivering new products, services, or project outcomes.  Our ability to understand “the voice of the customer” in order to deliver project outcomes that will “delight” them is not a trivial matter. The challenge is that most customers do not excel at articulating exactly what they want or need, much less what would “delight” them. Yet they will recognize what they like and even what delights them once they “see it”.

Design Thinking offers a fresh and practical approach to getting at what really makes customers tick. Design Thinking focuses on understanding the world from the customer’s perspective, the use of creative exploration to advance ideas and solutions, and rapid prototyping to determine early on what will meet customer needs and what has the potential of exceeding their expectations. This course focuses on exposing the working Project Manager with the fundamental ideas and concepts of Design Thinking as it pertains to the discipline of Project Management.

Learning objectives:

  • Apply principles of Design Thinking to gain greater buy-in from key stakeholders
  • Apply Design Thinking tools such as Ethnographic interviewing, Personas, Stakeholder Maps, and Customer Journey to create empathy with customers and deliver superior project deliverables
  • Effectively use ideation techniques and rapid prototyping to complement the Agile Methodology for project management
  • Develop a roadmap to introduce design thinking to project management in their organizations
  • Enhance their project management styles and technique to reduce costs, shorten cycle times, and delivery deliverables that will resonate with their intended customers.

Course delivery format: This is an onsite course.

Sections: This course is offered once per year.

Notes: Breakfast, networking lunch, and all materials included in tuition.

Participants in the Advanced Project Management Program may take this course as advanced elective. All others must meet the experience requirements as stated.

Prerequisite(s):

This seminar assumes that the participants of this session are familiar with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) as well as PMI disciplines, processes and terms. Participants must have applied project and program management concepts in an advanced setting and be comfortable building on the basic principles of their project management knowledge. Participants should have three years of experience in the management of complex projects. This course is highly interactive. Strong English skills are required.

Instructor:
Fernando Yepez, MA, MBA, PhD, PMP

Fernando Yepez, MA, MBA, PhD, PMP

Fernando Yepez, MA, MBA, PhD, PMP,

has over 20 years of professional experience working for Big Five consulting firms and as an entrepreneur. He is a Consultant’s Consultant. Fernando is a thought leader with a track record of leveraging cutting edge economic and management theory to develop pragmatic business solutions for clients. Areas of concentration include Strategy, Business Modeling, Technology, Service Delivery, Change, and People. Core competencies include designing innovative business solutions; working with key stakeholders and top management teams to achieve a shared vision; and delivering large, complex, international projects on time and on budget. Fernando has a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Wisconsin.

16 PMI PDU’s (4-tech, 6-strat, 6-lead)
Course Code: PMGT 31206
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 23 to Mar 24
Tuition: $1,350.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM


Online Registration Close Date:
March 16, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

PM Advanced, PM Strategy Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (Intermediate)
04/6/2017 to 04/7/2017

PMGT 21106 | Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (Intermediate)

Successful project managers must be able to work with other managers, stakeholders, and vendors as well as their own employees. They must be able to resolve disputes, gain approval for budgets, negotiate contracts, and “sell” to all levels of the organization. Bringing disparate parties together requires a delicate combination of art, science, and practice. Your ability to be truly prepared for and effective in a negotiation hinges on your ability to respond appropriately to colleagues and team members. In this course, you will be involved in a variety of in-class simulations to enhance and improve your skills in preparing for and conducting effective negotiations and dispute resolution. Simulation topics include single-issue bargaining, negative and positive zones of possible agreement, multi-issue bargaining, agents and ethical dilemmas, and dispute resolution.

The techniques taught in this course are based on research in social psychology, decision theory, and game theory. The design of the course reflects the belief that negotiating well is both art and science and that learning by experience is powerful, especially when the experience is clearly related to the situations where you want to apply what you learn.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be a more effective and more confident negotiator
  • Be able to recognize and respond to functional and dysfunctional negotiations and tactics
  • Be able to properly prepare for a negotiation and function well in a team that is embarking on a critical negotiation

Course delivery format: This is an onsite course.

Sections: This course is offered once per year.

Notes: Breakfast, networking lunch, and all materials included in tuition.

This course fulfills elective requirements for both the Project Management Strategy and Advanced PM Certificate.

Prerequisite(s):

Participants must have at least two years of business or professional experience. This course is highly interactive. Strong English skills are required.

Instructor:
Mark Werwath, MS, Phd, PMP

Mark Werwath, MS, Phd, PMP

Mark Werwath, MS, Phd, PMP,

brings a rich background of project/process management and 25 years of new product development experience to the classroom. He began his career in industrial engineering with Motorola,
developing a strong operations background as he supported factory automation, process streamlining, and process optimization. Moving to Northrop Grumman he focused on new product development,
managing the teams that designed, developed, and produced RF transmitters. Mark then returned to Motorola, and during his 20 year tenure worked in nearly every sector of the business including handsets, infrastructure, and the government side, leading teams that developed, tested, implemented and integrated large scale technology projects. As a principal with Pro-Lima Consulting, Mark's clients included Abbott Laboratories, Baxter Medical Products, Northwestern Technological Institute, DePaul University, and University of Chicago. Mark then moved on to WMS Gaming and worked as Executive Director of Program management of new product development. Mark is currently the Director of Masters in engineering management and Associate Director for the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University. Mark has a PhD in Organizational Development from Benedictine University.

16 PMI PDU’s (tech-3, strat-0, lead-13)
Course Code: PMGT 21106
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Apr 06 to Apr 07
Tuition: $1,350.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM


Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 31, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

PM Advanced, PM Strategy Better Ways to Work: Innovative Tools for Organizational Excellence (Intermediate)
04/20/2017 to 04/21/2017

PMGT 21103 | Better Ways to Work: Innovative Tools for Organizational Excellence (Intermediate)

Too often, business performance improvement initiatives result in disappointing outcomes. Although most initiatives generally do improve performance, the actual results are often far below expectations. This course provides an overview of powerful improvement methodologies with a primary emphasis on the application of lean thinking in a manufacturing/office/service environment. We will explore what world-class companies (those that are highly effective at improving) do differently than the rest and share the common actions taken by these great companies. In this class, you will develop an assessment framework that you can use to examine ingredients missing in most improvement recipes. You will learn to focus on the most important priorities for your organization. We will discuss performance metrics, review the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches, and identify how to use them to drive improved performance at a leadership and at a department level.

This course does not focus solely on manufacturing; many examples will be provided from service industries such as healthcare and finance. This course is open to all.

Learning Objectives:

  • Actively engage leadership in driving performance improvement
  • Better link innovations to key stakeholder and customer needs
  • Increase the likelihood of successful implementation of your improvement activities
  • Learn how to quickly identify key meaningful innovation opportunities
  • Learn how to better sustain gains from improvement activities

Course delivery format: This is an onsite course.

Sections: This course is offered once per year.

Notes:

Breakfast, networking lunch, and all materials included in tuition.

This course fulfills elective requirements for both the Project Management Strategy Certificate and Advanced PM Certificate.

Prerequisite(s):

Participants must have at least two years of business or professional experience. This course is highly interactive. Strong English skills are required.

Instructor:
Michael Bremer

Michael Bremer

Michael Bremer

is president of the Cumberland Group, specializing in process and business performance improvement. Mr. Bremer holds a BS in Business (Accounting) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and is a certified Six Sigma expert (Motorola) as well as a national director for the Association of Manufacturing Excellence. He has co-authored 3 books.

16 PMI PDU’s® (tech-0, strat-8, lead-8)
Course Code: PMGT 21103
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Apr 20 to Apr 21
Tuition: $1,350.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM


Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 13, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

PM Strategy Managing the Team: Decisions, Disputes, Synergy
05/11/2017 to 05/12/2017

PMGT 31105 | Managing the Team: Decisions, Disputes, Synergy

Leading a team of sharp, diverse personalities brings a unique set of challenges to the project leader. Harnessing creativity, resolving conflict and creating an environment where team members work well together is much more an art than a science. Learning to respond to the inevitable issues appropriately and effectively is critical to your success. In this course, students will learn to collaborate, strategize and resolve issues in a group setting. Participants are expected to be project leaders with experience managing teams and complex projects. This course will focus on the issues of group problem solving, dispute resolution and the use of applied game theory in the arena of complex project development and implementation. Classic negotiations courses generally offer one-on-one simulations (see Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for the Project Manager). This course will consist of more team based/competitive type exercises. It involves problem solving in multiple different scenarios including contract dispute scenarios as well to counter-terrorism scenarios. The simulations test the limits of information sharing as well as high- stakes, time-constrained decision making and compete vs. cooperate type options. Distance based teams will also be addressed; teams physically separated but still required to think and act together.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Mark Werwath, MS, Phd, PMP

Mark Werwath, MS, Phd, PMP

Mark Werwath, MS, Phd, PMP,

brings a rich background of project/process management and 25 years of new product development experience to the classroom. He began his career in industrial engineering with Motorola,
developing a strong operations background as he supported factory automation, process streamlining, and process optimization. Moving to Northrop Grumman he focused on new product development,
managing the teams that designed, developed, and produced RF transmitters. Mark then returned to Motorola, and during his 20 year tenure worked in nearly every sector of the business including handsets, infrastructure, and the government side, leading teams that developed, tested, implemented and integrated large scale technology projects. As a principal with Pro-Lima Consulting, Mark's clients included Abbott Laboratories, Baxter Medical Products, Northwestern Technological Institute, DePaul University, and University of Chicago. Mark then moved on to WMS Gaming and worked as Executive Director of Program management of new product development. Mark is currently the Director of Masters in engineering management and Associate Director for the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University. Mark has a PhD in Organizational Development from Benedictine University.

16 PMI PDU’s (tech-3, strat-0, lead-13)
Course Code: PMGT 31105
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 11 to May 12
Tuition: $1,350.00
Days/Times: Thu
8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
8:30 AM–4:30 PM


Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 1, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

PM Essentials, PM Strategy PM: From Idea to Completion
06/1/2017 to 06/2/2017

PMGT 11101 | PM: From Idea to Completion

This course provides a brisk high-level overview of the project management discipline and the PMI framework. It introduces the basic knowledge, insights, skills, and techniques that are required to steer projects toward their desired outcomes while also ensuring that they create value for the organizations that sponsor and execute them.

This is an introductory seminar open to all. This course is required for participants in the Project Management Foundations certificate but may also be taken as a stand-alone course. It is highly recommended for individuals who wish to refresh their basic skills and become familiar with PMI terms and concepts before participating in the Project Management Strategy certificate. Some certificate applicants may be asked to take this class before beginning required courses.  

Learning Objectives:

The overarching objective of this course is to provide you with a solid PM foundation which facilitates the acquisition of future PM training and skills; and one which you can readily translate into real world approaches and tactics for managing work-related projects.

Course delivery format: This course is offered onsite.

Sections: This course is offered 3 times per year. It is also offered 9/22/16 and 2/2/2017.

Notes: Breakfast, networking lunch, and all materials included in tuition.

This course is required for participants in the PM Foundations certificate program but may also be taken as a stand-alone course.  It may be required before beginning the Project Management Strategy Certificate Program. It does not count for credit in the Advanced PM certificate program.

Prerequisite(s):

This course is open to participants at all experience levels. This course is highly interactive and involves group work. Strong English skills are required.

Instructor:
Joe D’Mello

Joe D’Mello

Joe D’Mello, MBA, MS, PhD, PMP,

is president of Exequity which focuses exclusively on enhancing client execution capabilities.  He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University. He has a Master’s Certification in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and is also a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. D'Mello received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.

16 PMI PDU’s® (2 leadership, 3 strategy, 11 tech)
Course Code: PMGT 11101
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 01 to Jun 02
Tuition: $1,250.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM


Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 26, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

PM Essentials, PM Strategy Making Projects Work (Intermediate)
06/22/2017 to 06/23/2017

PMGT 11102 | Making Projects Work (Intermediate)

The practice of project management is influenced as much by collective wisdom, lessons learned, and the school of hard knocks as it is by its foundation of framework, principles, processes, and techniques. In this course, we will explore the art of recognizing and managing these other shaping influences in order to determine the project management approach best suited to a particular project or portfolio of projects. These influences include stakeholder expectations, customer relationships, resource contention, organizational design and culture, political environment, communication and leadership styles, risks, and market forces.

This course is highly interactive. The overarching objective of this course is to provide you with tactical and strategic insights for tackling real-world project management issues and challenges so you can produce superior project results. Using a combination of case studies and shared real-world experiences, this course will equip project practitioners with an “operational map” for navigating projects toward successful outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the components of a project management system and a project management office (PMO), and the relationships between the organizations in a variety of organizational structures.
  • Define the components of the project life cycle and show why they can vary based on the type of project; starting with expectations, and continuing through a work breakdown structure, the calculation of time, and development of a risk management plan. Learn to calculate the variance of the parallel and critical paths.
  • Describe the role of risk as it relates to the project life cycle and the overall success of the project.
  • Establish a link between soft skills and project risks, through use of the interpersonal models.
  • Understand the Project Management Institute, its impact on the growth of the discipline of PM, and the significance of the PMBOK® process-knowledge area framework.

Course delivery format: This is an onsite course.

Sections: This course is offered three times per year.  It is also offered on 10/6/16 and 2/23/17.

Notes:

Breakfast, networking lunch, and all materials included in tuition.

This course is required for the PM Foundations Certificate Program, and Project Management Strategy Certificate. It does not count for credit for participants in the Advanced Certificate program.

Prerequisite(s):

Please note: Participants must have completed either the online or in-person Project Management Foundations certificate or be familiar with the PMI framework as specified in the PMBOK®. This course is highly interactive. Strong English skills are required.

Instructor:
Joe D’Mello

Joe D’Mello

Joe D’Mello, MBA, MS, PhD, PMP,

is president of Exequity which focuses exclusively on enhancing client execution capabilities.  He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University. He has a Master’s Certification in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and is also a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. D'Mello received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.

19 PMI PDU's (6 technical, 8 strategy, 5 leadership)
Course Code: PMGT 11102
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 22 to Jun 23
Tuition: $1,250.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM


Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 15, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.