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Leading Accelerated Projects

A Systems Approach to Planning & Executing Fast-Track Projects

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Course Description:
If your projects continue to miss their deadlines even with a wealth of project management tools and practices at your disposal, this program will show you why and what to do about it.

The problem is widespread and costly! Despite an abundance of project management methodologies, technology-intensive projects overrun their schedules by 84%. This, coupled with the fact that 2 out of 3 such projects are considered failures or functionally obsolete by the time they are delivered, paints a stark picture: Something critical is missing ... despite hard work, pressure tactics, and a raft of elaborate methodologies.  And the critical "something" is a leadership void in exploiting the available opportunities for accelerating the project schedule.

In this cutting edge workshop you will learn how to apply the 8 Acceleration Opportunity Levers to uncover hidden schedule compression opportunities ... opportunities that are often overlooked because they do not fit a textbook process model, but instead require dynamic adaptation and intervention on the part of a capable project leader. In short, the focus is on a systems-approach to accelerating projects that takes into account the interrelationship between the components of the project and also the project and its environment ... including the inevitable contingencies that are characteristic of accelerated projects.

Leading and managing projects on an accelerated schedule requires special methods, skills, and tools. In fact, many "standard practices" in traditional project management can actually hinder the development of products or services on an accelerated schedule. Accelerated projects not only require ambitious plans, they also place greater demands the execution stage of the projecta phase of the project that receives little attention in traditional project management training programs.

This course addresses these and other challenges head on. It builds practical skills in planning, managing, executing, and leading projects on a tight timeline. You will learn tools and methods for accelerating your projects but also specific leadership actions and interventions that are essential for delivering fast track projects on-time or ahead of schedule.


  • What's different about a "systems approach" to accelerating projects?

  • Critical factors that must be addressed in order to accelerate projects

  • Crisis-Mode Acceleration versus Systematic Acceleration

  • What makes for an 'unrealistic' schedule? Facts vs. assumptions

  • Special risks and challenges of accelerated projects

  • Actions and interventions required of the project leader

  • Devising a winning "game plan" for accelerating a project

  • Selecting and using the right tools for the job

  • Why and where project schedules get off track

  • Putting the 8 Acceleration Opportunity Levers to work

  • Exploiting the leadership element within each opportunity lever

  • Strategies for compressing the project schedule

  • Estimating and laying out the compressed schedule

  • How to manage hand-offs while work is in progress

  • How to deal with changing requirements and priorities

  • Managing the risks and minimizing surprises

What's more, you'll learn how to  . . .

  • Build a compelling case for accelerating the project schedule
  • Break the cycle of finger-pointing that inhibits genuine solutions
  • Secure commitments and senior management support
  • Use proven schedule-compression techniques
  • Prepare a schedule under uncertainty
  • Manage a project team under pressure
  • Tighten the critical communications links
  • Evaluate trade-offs to "buy time"

. . . and more!!!


This course was designed by the author of the book . . .

And the forthcoming book ...

Why Projects Continue to Overrun Their Schedules and What to Do About It

These skills are becoming increasingly important to corporations in a society where 'late' is no better than 'never'.

Duration: 1-day.

Lon Roberts, Ph.D. is the principal designer and instructor of the course. Dr. Roberts has held positions as a systems engineer, college professor, association executive, and is currently a principal partner of Roberts & Roberts Associates, an international training and consulting firm based in Plano, TX. He is also the author of four books and numerous
articles and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and professional meetings.

Sharon Roberts bring to the seminar her expertise in dealing with the critical human factors ... factors that are amplified in importance in an accelerated project environment where tensions are high and the margin for error is low.. Sharon is currently the President of Roberts & Roberts Associates and has held positions with Xerox, Raytheon, and Lennox Industries.


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