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Project Management Overview for Senior Managers

1 day

This seminar is designed for senior managers of organization conducting a significant number of projects of various types.


Senior managers with projects running within their organizations are provided an overview of essential project initiation, planning and control factors they should be watching in their projects. Issues like risk and contingency as well as progressing reporting are reviewed. The roles of the project sponsor are examined. Discussion groups allow exposure to other senior managers concerns and issues concerning projects.



  • Key definitions
  • Project lifecycles
  • The project planning and control cycle
  • Project Management Methodology

People and Communications

  • Leadership of the team
  • Communications
  • Stakeholder relations management

Organizing for large, complex corporate project environments

  • A corporate governance model
    • The role of the executive
    • Portfolio management
    • The use and roles of PMOs
  • Discussion group workshop

Organizing for large, complex projects/programs

  • The role of a project sponsor
  • The project office
  • Project management in a matrix environment
  • Managing dispersed teams
  • Discussion group workshop

Overview of project risk management

  • Risk management components
    • Risk planning
    • Qualitative assessment
    • Risk response
    • Quantitative assessment

Project initiation

  • Project identification
  • Project definition
    • Initial project charter
    • Key stakeholder analysis
  • Business Case/Feasibility Study
  • Discussion group workshop

Overview of project planning

  • The project planning cycle
  • The importance of scope planning
    • Requirements definition
    • Developing the work breakdown structure
  • Importance of estimating at the lowest level
  • Factors of scheduling and budgeting

Overview of project execution and control

  • Key control issues
    • Change management
    • Risk and assumptions management
    • Issues and actions management
    • Interpreting project reports and briefings
  • Project Close out


Instruction Methodology: 

A combination of lecture, class discussion and discussion group workshops.