Course Description

Project management practice is influenced and shaped as much by collective wisdom, lessons learned, and the school of hard knocks as it is by its foundation of framework, principles, processes, and techniques. In this course we will explore the art of recognizing and managing the other shaping influences in order to determine the project management approach best suited to a particular project or portfolio of projects. These influences include stakeholder expectations, customer relationships, resource contention, organizational design and culture, political environment, communication and leadership styles, risks, and market forces, among others. Using a combination of case studies and shared real-world experiences, this course will equip project practitioners with an operational map for navigating projects toward successful outcomes. This map includes a repertoire of caveats, insights, tools, and interpersonal skills that enable practitioners to use leading (as opposed to lagging) indicators to spot early warning signs, to steer clear of likely pitfalls, to leverage soft skills and build team capability and morale, and to harness team and organizational resources and potential to the fullest. This course is designed for the project manager who needs to rethink internal processes to drive more successful project outcomes. It will address issues often ignored in a tools-based project management-training program.

This is a required course for participants in the Project Management Strategy Program.

PMP-accredited professionals may choose to replace this introductory course with another elective to earn the credits required to complete the Project Management Strategy Certificate Program.  

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