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Preliminary Schedule

Sunday, March 26

4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Introductions. Program Overview and Interactive Group Exercise
Kickoff Exercise – The Frame
Identify communication behaviors in a team-building exercise.
Reinforce the importance of Communication, Cooperation, and Collaboration

Monday, March 27

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Management AND Leadership
Define characteristics of a “good” project manager.
Differentiate between leadership and management.
Understand the keys to leading well.
Relate the importance of motivating and energizing your team.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Project Start Up
Generate and gain positive project momentum.
Identify and share key project issues, strategies, methods and milestones.
Make use of checklists.
Initiate effective communication with the project team.
Create and maintain a cooperative team environment.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Project Planning
Develop a complete end-to-end project delivery plan
Organize and structure project plan information for communicating with project team
Effectively document the project plan
Identify, address, manage and understand project plan attributes

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Project(s) Introduction
Introduce course “projects” and allow teams to develop an initial plan.

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Customer-Focused Construction
Define and understand the value of the customer.
Use tools to develop an appropriate, client-centered response to issues.
Implement a customer-focused strategy for your project and firm.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Ethics and Integrity in Project Management
Leverage the project management role into a key client relationship anchor
Build relationships with existing clients leading to repeat work opportunities

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Team Debriefing
Revisit lessons learned and key takeaways from day one

Tuesday, March 28

8:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Project Level Financials (Billings, Cash Flow and Closeout)
Continually monitor and act on the current cash situation
Billing accurately and promptly
Learn to drive everything on a project to closure

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Time Management
Understand that it’s about self-management more than time management
Discover the keys to delegation and prioritization
Understand the importance of Life Balance and its contribution to our overall productivity

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Project Time

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Working Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Change Order Management
Identify and evaluate all changes
Identify cost and schedule implications of changes
Use changes as an opportunity to sell increased value
Maintain an appropriate balance between capturing all changes and maintaining positive client relationships

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Standards and Best Practices
Explain the benefits of identifying and using standard procedures derived from best practices
Communicate standard procedures to project teams
Establish a team culture in which best practices are embraced and leveraged
Identify situations in which it is appropriate to use non-standard procedures

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Project Time

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Team Debriefing
Revisit lessons learned and key takeaways from day two.

Wednesday, March 29

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Project Lessons Learned

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Stand and Deliver

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Develop Your Personal Action Plan
Write specific action items that will be tracked and monitored over a specified period of time
Differentiate between personal action items and items that will be addressed organizationally as suggestions for your firm

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Graduation & Wrap Up
Improve the use of your own personal style to lead others to make changes back on the job
Use the participant manual by adding to it and referring to it
Refer to the PMDP Handbook for articles that will guide you as you try out your toolbox
Understand and believe that each participant now has the tools and potential to not only lead projects, but be recognized as a leader in their firm