FNL Project Management Training

Stakeholder Management, Categorization and Communication: The Keys to Successful Projects with Lee R. Lambert, PMP, CEO

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Advanced Technology Research Facility, Auditorium

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 the CPAD PMO is sponsoring an all-day stakeholder management course. This course will prove to those attending why the PMBOK®, the world standard for project management, has added its first new Knowledge Area in many years (Project Stakeholder Management). This new Knowledge Area process documents how to analyze the current and desired levels of stakeholder engagement and highlights the fact that levels of stakeholder engagement may change according to the project situation and timeframe. In addition to the levels of stakeholder engagement, this new process also identifies the interrelations between stakeholders, including a process that ensures comprehensive identification and listing of new stakeholders, reassessment of current stakeholders and removal of stakeholders no longer involved in the project.

This course will hit on all of these new hot buttons! The project execution environment is a communications mine field and for projects to be successful all participants must learn to weave their way through the myriad challenges posed by dozens of project stakeholders. Stakeholders come in all shapes and sizes. Some are obvious and easily recognized, others are not! This course will teach you how to identify all of the stakeholders, classify them according to the respective stakes and, most importantly, prepare a tailored project communication plan that provides timely and focused project information to the appropriate stakeholders. This new approach will lead to significant improvements in stakeholder communications and result in needed improvement in managing stakeholder expectations.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course attendees will be able to:

  • Identify specific project stakeholders based on "stake" and "power type"
  • Classify project stakeholders into one of three specific categories
  • Evaluate stakeholder expectations-determine "What's in it for them?"
  • Use a special Stakeholder Identification template to facilitate stakeholder analysis
  • Develop a comprehensive stakeholder communication plan as an aid to managing stakeholder expectations
  • Capitalize on stakeholder alignment and the synergy of integrated, cross-functional communications
  • Overcome problems traditionally associated with failed Stakeholder communication/management
  • Recognize the impact (positive and/or negative) stakeholders can have on the project – assess impact from many angles/perspectives
  • Transition Lessons Learned through stakeholder communication to the benefit of future projects

Seating is limited to 30. Please email your interest in attending this seminar to Teresa Stitely at teresa.stitely@nih.gov no later than Monday, April 14, 2014.

Unstick Your Projects: Leadership Principles & Project Management

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
ATRF, Auditorium

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 the CPAD PMO is sponsoring an all-day project management workshop presented by Leadership Techniques, LLC.

This workshop is designed to address common challenges and issues facing group leaders, managers, and supervisors. We will discuss project management and leadership techniques that will prepare individuals to prepare, track, and report the metrics needed to make sound business decisions. You will learn how to prepare meaningful schedules and be equipped with the tools and skills to provide accurate and timely budget and resource information.

Only by knowing the real-time status of your project can you make fast and effective resource allocation decisions! We will show you how to facilitate efficient and effective meetings and to create an environment that encourages motivation and open communication. Finally, we will address issues and challenges as requested. Simply provide your particular concerns when registering to Teresa Stitely and she will ensure that topic is included in this one day workshop.

The agenda for the day includes the following.

• PMI and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
• Time Management
• Prioritization and Management of the Project Constraints
• Introducing YOU…the PM Superstar!

• Critical Path Method
• Resources and Constraints
• Contingency

• Estimating & Budget Preparation
• Tracking and Reporting
• Earned Value Analysis

• Motivation
• Leading by Example
• Leadership vs. Management
• Conflict Resolution

Communication (Client-Focused)
• Working with Clients
• Negotiation Skills

Communication (Project-Focused)
• Efficient Communications in the Team Environment
• Project Meetings
• Brainstorming
• Keeping Meetings on Track

Seating is limited to 30. Please email your interest in attending this seminar to Teresa Stitely at teresa.stitely@nih.gov no later than Friday, May 23, 2014.

Lunchtime Seminar Series Sponsored by the CPAD PMO

The Contract Planning and Administration Directorate is pleased to continue the Lunchtime Seminars presented by Carl Pritchard. The one-hour seminars are scheduled at Noon in the Café Room of Building 549. Seminar descriptions and dates are provided below.

Niagara-Class Risk Taking (Over the Falls in a Barrel)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Noon - 1PM
It's been 113 years since Annie Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. And to this day, we still ask "WHY?" Taylor's lessons on risk-taking are profound and can actually help us understand why some of us are willing to take certain risks that others consider downright insane. Carl Pritchard takes us on a risk adventure, examining whether or not certain types of risk-taking are crazy, and examines the notions of risk and reward in this compelling look at history.

Don't Have a Process/Tool/Template for it? Grow Your Own!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Noon - 1PM
Do you run screaming from the newest forms and tools and templates? Many staff see them as administrative overburden and an impediment to work. The reality may be just the opposite. Carl Pritchard takes a look at the rules for building new processes and tools. He'll walk through the critical questions that need to be asked before a tool is created, and the application of personal tools to greater efficacy.

Putting the OUCH! In Ouchi! Risk Thresholds as a Quality & Motivational Practice

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, Noon - 1PM
Dr. William Ouchi posited that team members are more motivated and more likely to succeed if they are given a clear structure and then left to their own devices to implement that structure. His Theory Z, a long-term business bestseller, changed the attitudes of many corporations seeking new ways to engender organizational unity and team spirit. The idea is a relatively simple one. Establish norms. Set limits. Clarify what the organization believes and create a sense of community. Carl Pritchard takes us through an examination of how to put these practices to work.

Short Cycle Time Project Management

Thursday, July 17, 2014, Noon - 1PM
Project management is not a leisure practice. For many projects, project management is either short-circuited or abandoned altogether because there's "not enough time". That argument implies project management is the exclusive province of large efforts or long-term efforts. Modern project management challenges that notion. Project managers on quick turnaround projects have, at their disposal, the same tools that they have always had. But a fear of administrative weight and bureaucratic delay drives them away from best practice. Carl Pritchard looks at tools and techniques that allow the project manager to pursue best practice project management in a short cycle-time environment.

Selling Project Management

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Noon - 1PM
It's not enough just to have the mechanics of project management. All too often, a well-crafted project is lost to poor public relations. A failure to self-promote can lead to reduced team satisfaction, reduced customer satisfaction and poorer overall project acceptance. During this lively discussion, you'll identify some key venues for sharing the project management story with your management and your peers and some tips on how to make that story part of your day-to-day routine, in a way that others will want to participate.

Leidos Project Management Training and Professional Development Opportunities (for Leidos employees)

The Leidos Project Management Professional Credential Training Program is designed for qualified Leidos project managers to prepare them for the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Project Management Professional Credential Examination (www.pmi.org). Other project team members or functional staff should typically consider the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential.

Leidos is a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). You can visit SAIC (ISSAIC) resources to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) used by PMI's Project Management Professionals (PMP®) to maintain their credential.

HHS University Training Opportunities

HHS University through the HHS Learning Portal offers a variety of project management courses at no cost to you as a government employee or contractor. Log on to the HHS Learning Portal (https://lms.learning.hhs.gov/ to view all training opportunities available. Instructions on how to logon to the learning portal can be found at https://hhsu.learning.hhs.gov/lms/logon.asp .

Other Training Opportunities

For those of you who are PMPs interested in earning PDUs, or interested in sitting for the PMI PMP exam, or simply attending PM courses, click here for classes offered by Carl Pritchard, PMP, EVP, RMP.