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Instructor-Led Project Simulations

Project Simulation Training

Live and interactive, our simulations are a high-impact, energetic and fun way to accelerate understanding, involvement and acceptance of Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) best practices in an organization.class_room_sim

About the Program

This interactive simulation is a high-impact, energetic and fun way to accelerate understanding, involvement and acceptance of Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) best practices in an organization. Facilitated over one day in the fast-paced world of a real business story line, the simulation brings to life the project-based behavioral and process issues faced by organizations. Authenticity is achieved through realistic scenarios to which participants can directly relate and with which they will be surprisingly familiar. This unique experiential learning approach causes breakthrough understanding of Project and Portfolio Management best practices and transforms learning into an engaging and highly memorable shared experience. Normally delivered over three rounds, the simulation introduces key Project and Portfolio Management components using fast-paced, highly-interactive gaming dynamics. Progressing through the rounds, project delivery improves via the successful application of Project and Portfolio Management tools and techniques, which are introduced and explained at key points in the participants’ learning cycle. Participants must successfully manage their projects through the lifecycle, allocating resources, managing their budget and taking corrective action when required. Multiple concurrent projects ensure portfolio management must also be applied to guarantee maximum project success and ultimately maximum business benefit. These practices allow the teams to deliver projects of increasing interdependency and complexity, while experiencing the true value of working in an effective project team in the context of the surrounding business environment. This course is aligned with both Project Management Institute (PMI®) and APM Group (APMG) standards. The roles within the simulation ensure Project Mangers must not simply consider their project in isolation but must also liaise and negotiate with Operations and Business Representatives. This ensures projects are considered in a holistic organizational context with the additional pressure of satisfying all stakeholders while generating a profit for the business.

Who Should Attend

Among those who would benefit from this learning experience are project and program managers, project team members, operational managers, project planners, clients/end users, executive sponsors, steering committees and operational staff.

Performance Focus

The goal of this workshop is to improve the organizational appreciation for and performance of project management by building energized and successful project teams; accelerating understanding of Project and Portfolio Management best practices and promoting the use of these practices toward project, program and/or organizational success.

What You Will Learn

You’ll learn how to:

  • Effectively manage projects based upon project management best practices
  • Create a shared understanding of a project with key stakeholders
  • Obtain commitment to a project’s vision and goals
  • Apply the most appropriate project management practices at each stage of the project management life cycle
  • Successfully plan, monitor and control project scope, schedule and cost, using a practical project risk management approach

Course Overview

Round One – usually results in chaos. This poor performance is normal. You typically see:

  • Working in silos (Operations, Business, Project Office)
  • Poor project initiation and communication
  • Poor planning
  • Poor monitoring and control – scope, schedule and cost
  • Lack of business awareness

Round Two – addresses the issues of round 1, introducing PPM based best practices and tools to improve performance. These include:

  • Working together
  • Improved initiation/planning
  • Improved monitoring and control
  • Project management tools – Gantt chart
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Planning adaptive action

Round Three – takes participants further on their journey of PPM maturity. This round considers the following tools and processes

  • Sharing the vision
  • Project management tools – critical path
  • Analysis, Arrow Diagramming Method
  • Precedence Diagramming Method
  • Managing risk
  • Project closing and project success

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