This course focuses on providing Admins with the foundational skills needed to establish your own project management system to be used in delivering consistent, valuable, and meaningful results. This course provides the templates, processes, and tools needed to kick-start your journey. At the end of this course, you’ll be able to recognize the power of project management!
Session 1: Project Initiation – Let’s Kick-Off the Project!
Many of us have worked on projects that were confusing or chaotic, or we didn’t understand what the project was about. You can change that experience by starting with this session.
Initiation is the most important phase of the project lifecycle. In this stage, the project is clearly defined with objectives, deliverables, and, most importantly, how this project will benefit the organization.
Session 2: Project Planning for Success
The Planning phase is the longest phase of the project lifecycle, with good reason. If a project is not thoroughly planned, this will result in additional risks, surprises, rework, poor quality, and most likely a failed project.
The Planning phase is particularly important because we dive into the details of the project as a team to determine what work needs to be completed, when the work needs to be completed, and by whom. We also develop a communication plan for the project activities, as well as the quality of the project deliverable, potential risks, and the needs of the stakeholders.
Session 3: Project Execution – Getting the Work Done!
This phase of the project lifecycle focuses on getting the work done! The Planning phase provides a valuable footprint on which the work will be completed. During the Execution phase, the project will be progressing as planned and, if any issues arise, they will be addressed immediately based on the discussions that took place during the Planning phase.
Session 4: Project Closure – It’s a Wrap!
The Closing phase is just as important as the other phases of the lifecycle. The project needs to be officially “closed” so that the project team can move on to other work, the project deliverable can be operationalized, the budget can be closed out, and the Lessons Learned during this project can be shared with your colleagues for discussion and review.
If a project is not officially closed, there will always be questions as to the status of the project. Make it official and close the project!
Hot Tip: What’s your project style? Kick-off the development of your project management system by noting how you contribute to projects today. Can you contribute in other ways? How? This activity will help you make an informed decision on the next steps in building your own project management system.
About Mary Beth Imbarrato: Mary Beth Imbarrato, PMP, CSM, SPP, CMS has more than 25 years of experience in project management and has managed various project efforts in many different market segments, which has helped her clients become better project managers and better leaders.
Mary Beth enjoys sharing her passion, experiences, and expertise as a trainer, published author, speaker, and consultant. She’s been sharing the power of project management with admins around the world who are looking to elevate their level of success with their projects. It’s through this work that she continues to be a strong advocate for the administrative professional community.
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