Project leadership involves the understanding of and alignment to organizational strategy and vision, as well as skilled people management.
This class focuses on the human dimension of project management, including helpful how-to’s, learning how to distinguish between project management and project leadership, and tips on ensuring your projects align with the organization’s overall strategy and vision.
Through a combination of case studies, exercises, and discussions, we’ll explore key elements of communication and management, including:
- How to gain commitment and cooperation from individuals outside your authority
- How to identify your influencing style and improve your influencing skills
- Strategies for getting buy-in when you have no positional authority
- How to effectively communicate and cooperate across functions, distances, and cultures
Course content follows the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand organizational strategy and its relationship to projects and project management
- Apply the strategic planning process at the organizational level
- Recognize symptoms of organizational change and how projects can contribute to successful business transformations
- Be able to apply some common strategic techniques and methods
- Define and understand the relationship between project, program, and portfolio management
- Be able to develop a business systems approach to project management
- Deal with the inevitable politics associated with projects and manage stakeholder expectations
- Be able to manage team conflict using various conflict responses
- Know how to adapt their leadership style to situation and context
- Develop a team operating agreement and team charter
- Examine project stakeholder groups and determine the most effective way to organize and manage project stakeholder relationships
- Use the DISC personality profile to better work with project team members of differing personalities
- Use communication skills (e.g. active listening, paraphrasing, summarizing and feedback) to better influence the project team and team member dynamics
- Identify tactics to successfully influence and guide project teams and stakeholders in completing project objectives and goals
- Discuss the ethical dilemmas associated with project management and managing project teams
Who Should Take this Class?
Prerequisites: You should have attended at least a basic course in project management tools and techniques or have equivalent knowledge and experience, especially in the areas of schedule and cost control, risk management and managing project stakeholders. Experience with MS Windows and Office products. Two or more years of experience in a project management environment is helpful, but not required.
- Students who are interested in continuing to build upon what they learned in Foundations of Project Management
- Project managers, program managers, executives, sponsors, and team members involved with driving success in projects in the context of dynamic change and shifting organizational strategies
- Functional managers who support project resources
- Professionals who desire a career in project management