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Private - Project Management for Executives (4 Hours)
About course

Thousands of project managers and team members have attended focused training to learn how to succeed in the high-pressure, risky arena of project management. Over and over we hear them comment that their jobs are made even harder because “upper management” doesn’t understand project management. The very people who appoint them, and fund their training often do not know what is involved in establishing and working within a project environment; do not understand how to delegate project authority; and do not know how to avoid meddling in the day-to-day business of their project managers. 

This half-day course prepares you to immediately begin to understand how project management really works. It focuses on challenges, frustrations and opportunities that project managers deal with and how you, as an executive, can provide project managers with the resources they need to accomplish the job you’ve asked them to do.

Who should attend

This course should be attended by executives and senior managers who are involved in projects and project management and who are responsible for the development, selection and supervision of project managers.

Course features

This course provides an overview of project management theory and practice to executives and senior managers. It emphasizes the fundamentals of practical executive support of project management within an organization, so that there is a continuous stream of successful projects that contribute to the success of the organization. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the philosophy of modern project management and its requirements for executive support
  • Support project managers by understanding their full needs
  • Select the best project managers
  • Perform reality checks on project schedules, costs, and resource assignments
Course outline

Project Fundamentals and Organizational Issues

  • Definitions and Constraints
  • Project Organizations
  • Best Practices for Project Management
  • Key Factors for Project Success


Selecting and Empowering the Project Manager

  • Executive Roles and Responsibilities
  • Climate and Culture for Project Management
  • Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities
  • Project Manager Characteristics and Competencies
  • Authority and Influence


Project Planning and Development

  • Project Needs, Selection and Planning
  • The Project Charter and Project Plan
  • Project Objectives and Requirements
  • Project Work Breakdown Structures
  • Estimating, Scheduling and Resource Allocation
  • •Risk and Uncertainty


Project Implementation and Control

  • Integration and Success
  • The Project Control Process and Cycle
  • Project Analysis, Evaluations and Change Control
  • Executive Actions
Course information
Duration: 4 hours
Earn: 4 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses the following knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide):

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Scope Management 
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Risk Management