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Linking Projects to Organizational Goals and High-ROI Outcomes

To provide the client with the skills and tools necessary to create an overarching framework for planning and managing an integrated set of projects based on achieving rapid results and maximum return on investment.

Course Description:
This practical, skill-building program is geared for program managers and senior project managers who are responsible for coordinating a set of projects that have strategic importance to their organization.   It is not a PM-fundamentals course nor is it a survey of conventional project management skills and tools.  Rather, the emphasis is on the “business side” of project management, including how to make fact-based decisions about the projects that are funded and supported, how to create and foster a project culture that works to achieve rapid outcomes, and how to work within the organization to break down communications barriers and create relationships that are vital to the project environment.  The training is conducted in a 1-day workshop but the option for follow-on training and consultation is also available.  The outline that follows provides a list of suggested topics, but the course can be customized to emphasize topics of primary interest to the client.

 Course Outline:

  • What special skills and tools are necessary to succeed as a strategic project manager?

  • Understanding how executives make decisions and providing them with the information they need

  • Creating an alignment-map to link a project portfolio to the strategic objectives of the organization

  • Creating a simple but useful master plan for the organization’s project portfolio

  • Collecting and analyzing cost-benefit data to support project-selection decisions

  • Making ROI-based decisions regarding the funding, support, and scheduling of individual projects

  • Managing priorities and conflicting demands for resources

  • Creating and fostering a culture that values and knows how to deliver rapid project results

  • Establishing benchmarks and criteria for making go-no-go project decisions

  • How to coordinate multiple projects while avoiding inefficient “multitasking mania”

  • What it means to be a “project leader” and how this differs from a being project manager

  •  Tools and special considerations for managing virtual projects and distributed project teams

  • The strategic program manager’s role as the communicator-in-chief, and what this means in practical terms


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

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.

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