Strategic & Business Management
Our Project Masters strategic & business management courses will help you develop knowledge of and expertise in different components of project management to positively impact your industry or organization with enhanced performance and improved business outcomes. We offer a variety of classroom and virtual course options.
Business Analysis Basics$400.00
Who performs business analysis? Any individual who is responsible for performing the work regardless of the person’s title. This one day course will explain in-depth the definition and application of business analysis practices.
This course describes best practice techniques that allow business analysts to effectively develop and execute a plan to analyze processes in private, public, and non-profit organizations. It identifies key foundational documents and the business analysis methodology necessary to improve organizational performance.
Managing the Project’s Budget$300.00
From estimating to controlling to analyzing and everything in between, this one day course will cover all aspects of managing the project’s budget. Topics will include creating a cost management plan, estimating cost, determining budget, and factoring project close out cost.
Managing the Project’s Contract$300.00
This one day course will give an overview of all aspects of managing the project’s contract. It will discuss what constitutes a contract and provide additional definitions of contract terms and types of contracts. Contract procurements and close out will also be covered.
This two day course will cover all aspects of managing the project’s contract. Topics will be intensively covered and hands-on exercises will be provided. What constitutes a contract, additional definitions of contract terms and types of contracts, and handling contract variables will be covered. Participants will also learn about earned value management (EVM) in contract management, as well as contract procurements and contract close out.
This two day course will focus on cost estimating fundamentals in the context of managing a project. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of various types of cost estimating as well as learn about the tools and techniques needed to develop and create a cost estimate. Additionally, they will better understand the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and will be instructed on preparing an Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE). Finally, they will gain the ability to review and evaluate a cost estimate.
Performance Statement of Work$800.00
This two day course will teach statement of work variables in the context of managing a project. Statements of Work (SOW), Statements of Objectives (SOO), and Performance Work Statements (PWS) will be covered in depth. Participants will understand: policies and principles of performance-based statements of work, requirement documents, and the role and nature of incentives/deductions/penalties. Writing the performance-based statement of work and a sample quality assurance surveillance plan (QASP) will also be thoroughly covered.
Quality Management with Lean Six Sigma$1,200.00
This three day course provides an intensive study on managing quality in your projects utilizing both lean practices and six sigma tools and strategies. Lean practices are desirable because they require only half the human effort, half the space, half the investment, and half the engineering hours in order to develop a new product in half the time. Six Sigma’s objective is to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of errors and minimizing variables in manufacturing and business processes. To do this Six Sigma uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization which results in less waste and rework and lowers costs.
Developing RFP Content and Evaluating Proposals$250.00
This one day course begins with selecting the request for proposal (RFP) team, includes an explanation of the project manager’s duties, covers a description of key stakeholder’s roles, focuses on the procurement process and RFP definitions, explains how a statement of work (SOW) is used in the process, contains information on requirements in the RFP, and imparts methods of conducting procurement through the concluding process of awarding the contract.
Why Perform Market Research? It’s required by Federal law under certain circumstances, it’s a best business practice, and it helps in the requirements definition process. This one day course will cover market research’s regulatory history, background, methodologies, and additional resources.
Techniques to Increase Portfolio Profitability$800.00
This two day course will present participants with the tools and techniques needed to make decisions in the concept phase of the project. You will learn how to ask the right questions to make the go/no go decision for a project, develop a work breakdown structure (WBS), use the WBS to identify risks, and define activities associated with the concept phase of the project life cycle. You will also learn to calculate: net present value (NPV), return on investment (ROI), discounted cash flows (DCF), and internal rate of return (IRR).
Advanced Acquisition Management Course$1,200.00
The objectives of this three day course are: to recognize the fundamental precepts and basics of Federal acquisition management; recognize the diverse, interrelated, and changing nature in the different disciplines of Federal acquisition management; recognize the basic regulations and governing structures of Federal acquisition management; understand the difference between project, program, and portfolio management; and understand how PMI and government standards complement each other.
Advanced Earned Value Management Course$1,200.00
This three day intensive course will focus on all facets of Earned Value Management (EVM). The course will begin with an overview which will define EVM, give a brief history, explain the rationale for using EVM, help determine when EVM should be used, and give a review of basic EVM principles and formulas. Preparations for using EVM will be covered extensively. Participants will learn the mechanics of EVM and how to conduct an in-depth analysis of EVM. Lastly, we will discuss combining EVM with other tools and integrating EVM into the organizational structure.
Measuring Project Success$400.00
This one day course will present the participants with 10 steps to measure a project’s success. Projects have multiple dimensions such as time, cost, scope, risk, quality, and customer satisfaction. And at the center of the multiple dimensions issue is the question of whether project success should be defined in terms of how well the major project deliverables meets the customer’s needs or how efficiently and effectively the project team produced the deliverables. Understanding how to define project variables can make or break the project’s success.
Using EVM to Increase Performance of Your Portfolio$800.00
This two day course will begin with an overview of EVM methodology. Its history will be covered and it will be compared to traditional project tracking. Other topics included will be scope management using EVM, schedule & budget, required data to use EVM, measuring & predicting, EVM reporting, and avoiding common pitfalls.
Performance Based Contracts Course$300.00
This one day course will examine performance based contracting (PBC) from a contractor perspective. Concepts found primarily in the GSA’s on-line tutorial, Seven Steps to Performance-Based Acquisition, and the DoD’s Guidebook for Performance-Based Services Acquisition are used as a starting point to examine how the contractor should perform within a PBC setting. Classroom activities emphasize small group exercises and group discussions. These exercises will highlight any concerns and issues associated with PBC. Participants will then develop strategies and techniques to deal with identified concerns through class discussions.
In this one day course, participants will get an overview and history of Earned Value Management (EVM); learn EVM methodology and scope; discuss keys to successful EVM; prepare to use EVM; maintain EVM, baseline, and data analysis; avoid common pitfalls; recognize EVM reporting; and classify EIA Standard 748.
Microsoft Project Using EVM$900.00
In this three day course participants will learn how to do earned value management (EVM) using Microsoft project. Topics covered will include global settings, work breakdown structure (WBS), schedule views, using predecessors & successors, activity types, activity constraints, resource pool, filter/views, visual basic for applications, working across applications, interoperability – starting, activating, & closing, using forms in Microsoft Project, connecting to data sources, and developing EVM reports in Microsoft Project.