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.
- 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.