Few leaders have the luxury of focusing on a single project. Instead, they must balance multiple simultaneous projects, constantly making imperfect trade-offs between conflicting needs. This class looks at the personal skills you need to manage multiple projects. However, there is only so much you can do on your own. Therefore, this class also looks at the supporting organizational framework that enables a project-based organization to do many projects. It also includes a short introduction to portfolio management, which is a technique for deciding which projects to invest in.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Explain how portfolios, programs, and collections of loosely related projects are different.
Understand the crucial impacts that organizational considerations such as governance, stage gates, and matrix responsibilities have on managing multiple projects.
Plan projects in a multiple project environment, including setting priorities, sharing resources, and coordination dependencies across projects.
Use a dashboard to track and steer the execution of a collection of projects
Escalate and resolve cross-project issues.
Select appropriate techniques to conquer the size and complexity of programs containing multiple projects.
Explain how to construct an integrated portfolio of projects that is aligned with strategy, is balanced, and is feasible.
Create an action plan to apply the class materials to their unique work situation.
Personal Productivity Techniques
Good Organizational Support
Working Across a Matrix
Power and Influence
Being Effective on Every Project
Good Project Hygiene
Consistency and Repeatability
Planning Resources Across Projects
Executing Multiple Projects
Escalation, Prioritizing, and Issue Resolution
Leveraging Lessons Learned
Introduction to Programs and Portfolios