IT Project Management course - September 18-20, 2017

Master the skills needed for IT project management!

You may be an IT professional new to project management or a manager who wants to develop more robust project management skills. This 2.5 day course will introduce you to the fundamentals of project management, specifically as they apply to the field of information technology (IT).  IT project management includes overseeing projects for software development, hardware installations, network upgrades, cloud computing and virtualization rollouts, business analytics and data management projects and implementing IT services. When dealing with IT projects, using specialised project management techniques will be very beneficial to your progress leading to a higher success rate. In this IT project management course, discover how to optimize IT development and delivery processes so that you can bring information technology projects online more effectively, more quickly and on budget.

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Location:   ICTAM, 435 Ellice Ave (NRC Building)
When:     September 18, 19 and 20, 2017, 8:00am - 4:00pm (3-day session)
Registration:              Early bird (until August 31): ICTAM Members: $800 • Non-Members: $975
More Information:     info@ictam.ca or 204-944-0533
Light meals and refreshments will be provided

How You Will Benefit:
•  Maintain control of your information technology projects with proven scheduling techniques
•  Deliver quality systems on time
•  Plan for the unexpected
•  Budget more effectively
•  Keep conflict at a minimum
•  Expertly use PM software tools to manage information technology projects

The IT Project Managenet course is led by Donald Amoroso, Ph.D. Dr. Amoroso has consulted with over 60 international organizations (such as GE Japan, BMW Japan) working with CEOs and CIOs to develop strategic plans, marketing strategies, accounting and enterprise resource management systems, and projects for information technology. His expertise includes managing strategic innovation projects, especially information technology, in order to make changes in the competitive strategic environment and move the organization into a new space. Dr. Amoroso is currently the Professor of Information Systems at Auburn University Montgomery, College of Business.

Canada-Manitoba Job Grant
Participants may be eligible for financial support under the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant. For more information please visit the Government of Manitoba website.

 

Agenda:

- DAY 1 -

Understanding What Is a Project
• Defining a project
• Sequence of activities
• One goal
• Specified time
• Within budget
• According to specification

Understanding Project Management
• Defining project management
• Challenges to effective project management
• Managing the creeps
• Project management life cycle
• Working with Microsoft project

Fundamentals of Project Planning
• The basic purpose of planning
• How to overcome the barriers to good planning
• The rule to use in determining how much time is needed to allow
for planning
• Planning the time dimension
• Using PERT, Gantt, and CPM
• How to estimate a project’s cost
• How to integrate and allocate the resources for a project
• Managing contingencies in a project

The 5-Step Project Management Model
• STEP 1: Define
• STEP 2: Plan
• STEP 3: Implement
• STEP 4: Control
• STEP 5: Adjust

Making the Business Case for IT Projects
• Business drivers of IT investments
• Using Business Model Generation canvas
• IT strategic projects
• Innovation projects
• Benefit / risk matrix for IT projects
• Measurable organizational value (MOV)

Leading the Project Team
• Project leadership
• Leadership styles
• Emotional intelligence
• Ethics and leadership
• Managing change
• Managing resistance and conflict

 

- DAY 2 -

Estimating IT Projects
• Types of estimates
• Creating accurate project estimates
• Building baseline models
• Using the IT Strategic Grid
• Setting strategic expectations
• Project estimation techniques
o Guessimating
o Delphi technique
o Time boxing
o Top down
o Bottom up
o Poker planning
o Project portfolio data

Defining and measuring project scope
• Plan scope management
• Collect requirements
• Define scope
• Develop the scope statement
• Scope verification
• Scope control

Managing project time
• Activity definition
• Activity sequencing
• Activity resource estimating
• Activity duration estimating
• Schedule development Schedule control

Managing project costs
• Cost estimating
• Cost budgeting
• Cost control

Assessing Project Risk
• Types of project risk
o Cost risk
o Schedule risk
o Performance risk
• Risk factors
o Project size
o Experience
o Requirements

Calculating Project Value
• Rule: if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it
• Type of project value metrics
• What to measure
• Project metrics
• Innovation project metrics
• Project valuation metrics

Correcting Project Problems
• Top 10 reasons why projects have problems
• Getting the project back on schedule
• Rolling wave estimate and completion schedules
• Bringing in turnaround project consultants
• Aligning project estimates with changes
• Managing distressed projects

 

- DAY 3 -

Managing the IT Project Portfolio
• Understanding the project portfolio
• Benefits of project portfolio management
• Project prioritization and approval process
• Making the business case
• Project portfolio management software

Building the IT Governance Board
• Alignment of IT projects
• Role of the governance board
• Organizing the governance board
• Affect of the governance board on business strategy
• Project decision making by the governance board
• Increasing involvement in the governance board

Managing Project Portfolio Management Processes
• The portfolio life cycle
o Establish a portfolio strategy
o Evaluate project alignment to the portfolio
o Prioritize projects
o Fund and authorize
o Select projects to balance the portfolio
o Manage active projects
• Roles and responsibilities of the PPMO
• Preparation steps for submission for development
• Agile project portfolio management

Evaluating IT Projects for Development
• Financially related criteria
• Organizational needs related criteria
• Competing environmental related criteria
• Technical related criteria
• Risk related criteria
• Management support related criteria

Establishing a Project Portfolio Management Office
• Establishing the PPMO’s mission and objectives
• Exploring the PPMO’s support functions
o Project support
o Consulting and mentoring
o Methods and standards
o Estimation
o Software tools
o Training
o Staffing and development
• Establishing a PPMO
o PPMO stages of maturity growth
o Planning a PPMO