Advanced Project Management
30 PDUs / contact hours
How do you learn “Advanced Project Management”? Through yet more and increasingly complicated theory? Isn’t it better to do it by actually feeling, undergoing and experiencing your own actions in a project and the consequences that arise from them?
Modern scientific insights show us that sustainable learning mainly results from “experience” and in project management we recognise again and again that experience is the fundamental recipe for success. But how do we create learning by experience in a seminar?
One of our approaches is to expose participants to a complex ’advanced’ case-study, which they have to work on from start to finish: the project is the reestablishment, i.e. renewal, of an airport in a European developing country. The complexity that – from a project management perspective – results from the different specialised fields involved is introduced here by dividing the case-study up into 10 sub-projects with a coordinating program management. The contract structure consists of a client, a further financial backer (independent of the client) a supervisory authority, the general contractor in a consortium with a further contractor and a subcontractor for the software portion. The participants take on the role of the software subcontractor. They have to contend not only with their client but also with their internal management.
The project lasts 18 months in all, which will be simulated in 5 days. So as a result, a multidimensional, complex situation emerges: project environment, project size, contract structure, project teamwork.
The participants’ task consists of drawing up the offer – since the proposal phase also belongs to the project, which some like to forget – and of the subsequent execution. In doing so the whole team has to organise itself and decide on how to proceed, has to plan the internal und expensive external resources that are available, estimate risks and also analyse the contract proposal, deal with the ‘special requests’ of internal management and the client and evaluate the consequences expected to result from them.
The trainers, themselves project managers with many years’ experience who have participated in complex and international projects, ‘supervise’ the participants as their internal management, external client or as a coach. They give you feedback and after the practical phases analyse the ‘pitfalls’ found by the participants in discussion circles and enrich the seminar with their own experience gained in previous projects.
Depending on the number of participants, the individual sub-projects are carried out virtually by the trainer, so that the scenario can be adjusted exactly to the number of participants.
By the end the participants will have endured a project and been confronted with various scenarios, some of them completely surprising.
As a theoretical basis we also use the PMBOK® Guide of the PMI®, a quick-to-use ANSI standard for project management. We thereby ensure that theoretical aspects are also looked at.
Since this scenario is based on a real project from the 1990s, this real project with all its facets is presented to the participants at the close. And it turned out more awful than the participants of the real project had imagined in their worst nightmares.
- Project leads who want to intensify their already extensive experience of project management and extend their knowledge in the different fields of project management.
- Project leads who are already directing and managing largish projects on their own.
- Project leads who want to extend their knowledge of project management and apply it in greater depth.
How you benefit
- You increase your experience of project management through its intensive application in a complete, complex case-study.
- You extend your knowledge in the various specialist areas of project management to the degree necessary for large projects.
- You receive feedback from the seminar leader during the practical sessions.
- The procedure adopted during the seminar is structured on the PMI® project management methods.
- This training session is recognised as fulfilling 30 of the 35 training hours required for PMP® certification.
- You have at least two years’ experience in managing (sub-) projects on your own.
- You want to extend your project experience by gaining further insight in the individual specialist fields of project management and by putting this into practice.
- You want to immerse yourself intensively in a project within the framework of a complete case-study and receive feedback from the trainer.
- You are familiar with the contents of the seminars "Project mangement methods" and "Leading project teams" from your day-to-day experience as a project lead.
Case-study accompanying a seminar, thereby illustrating the whole project process.
Working in groups, group discussions, input / lectures
Duration and procedure
Five days. The seminar can be carried out as an in-house training session or in rooms provided by us.
English or German
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