Convert Business Opportunities into Manageable Projects

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Convert business

Opportunities into

Manageable Projects

Barcelona, April 16-18, 2013


Program Structure

The program is structured around two specific areas. The first area provides a guided tour through the six different project lifestyle stages, whereas the second covers complementary aspects related to management and organizational structural support.

The six stages in a project’s life cycle include:

  • Selection. Managing the project portfolio, prioritization, planning based on capacity.
  • Organization. A key to success is team selection and particularly the team leader. However, even the best project leader can’t do the job right without the right organizational structure.
  • Definition. Correctly defining the project framework – including stakeholders, assessment criteria and risk management – is essential to prevent problems from cropping up farther down the line.
  • Planning. Traditional project management methods will be reviewed, as well as innovative methods to manage loosely defined projects with high levels of uncertainty.
  • Monitoring and control. Monitoring techniques and other aspects will be explored to help manage unforeseen changes and identify potential problems in the early stages while there is still a chance for recovery. 
  • Closure. The program will review how to conclude projects and assess satisfaction, as well as the most common causes of failure and ways to avoid them in future.

Supporting topics:

  • Organizational structures for project management.
  • People and team management, conflict resolution and compensation systems.
  • The role of the project management office and an ongoing learning process.
  • Recent organizational trends in work and value creation.
  • Models that help define, measure and improve the organization’s capacity to manage projects.
  • Managing in a multi-project milieu and applying the “critical chain” method to extend the bottleneck concept to project management.
  • Applying maturity models of processes such as ISO 10006.


The program incorporates a number of highly dynamic and interactive teaching methods. Through intensive interaction with faculty members, lectures, case studies and group discussions, participants will obtain in-depth actionable knowledge on project management. The program will also leverage participants' experiences to create a rich and engaging learning experience.


IESE Business School
Executive Education