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Communications Strategies

Communication is an essential skill for technical and non-technical professionals alike. This workshop will expand a clients’ ability to clearly relate objectives and goals to others. Whether in-person, through written communication, or some other medium, sharing information clearly and concisely will only bring positive results to a company or organization. Participants will learn what obstacles may be present to their communication, and how to overcome them and encourage the most prosperous workplace environment.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Project Managers who want to be more effective in their communication with project teams.

You Will Benefit By

  • Keep the team on track through team consensus and conflict resolution
  • Minimize communication misunderstandings
  • Achieve better results through clear, open and honest communication


You Will Learn To

  • Build a high-performing team and create commitment to assist your team in meeting its deadlines.
  • Communicate more clearly within the project environment, including giving and receiving constructive feedback.
  • Manage various types of communications throughout the project life cycle.

Conflict Management

Conflict is inevitable in a professional arena. A clear understanding of the psychology of individuals, how they will react and conduct themselves in various situations will allow the development of strategies and aids to find productive growth from that conflict. Quality conflict resolution stems from a good understanding of the situations, and clear communication among employees. Seventh understands and brings the ability to impart this essential skill on your staff.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Project Managers who are faced with and responsible for minimizing, resolving and benefiting from healthy conflict in their project teams.

You will Learn To

  • Prevent and minimize conflict
  • Resolve conflict positively
  • Leverage trust to resolve conflict

You Will Benefit By

  • Applying different conflict resolution strategies
  • Communicating in conflict and negotiations
  • Resolving conflict specific to projects

Negotiating Skills

A keen ability to find suitable agreements through negotiation is a fundamental need for quality project managers. This will require an ability to mediate in a wide range of situations and contexts, while arriving at a productive end for all stakeholders.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Project Managers who are interested in building and enhancing their negotiation skills in a project environment.

You will Learn To

  • Negotiation practices and techniques
  • How to execute a negotiation strategy
  • Breakthrough tactics for difficult negotiations

You Will Benefit By

  • Applying negotiation concepts to your next negotiation
  • Analyzing realistic scenarios to build an effective negotiation strategy
  • Determining the appropriate influencing approach for your stakeholders

Problem Solving and Decision Making

Even the most experienced of project managers will want to continually improve their problem solving and decision making skills. Seventh will provide the knowledge and resources to produce focused training on these important leadership qualities.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Project Managers who want to apply critical-thinking skills to their decision-making process.

You Will Learn To

  • Make better decisions through critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Select the best decision given the specific situation
  • Apply processes to assess work issues and problems

You Will Benefit By

  • Profiling your personal thinking style and the styles of others
  • Assessing a situation to determine if it is a problem or a decision
  • Applying logical methodologies to solve everyday problems

Team Building

How do teams form? What are the factors of a successful pairing or grouping? What are the root problems of teams that don’t function well? These are all questions Seventh will help participants define when it comes to building the perfect team for your project. Understanding what makes a team dynamic, and what makes one fall apart can lead to successful completion of a goal, or total failure. Reviewing the latest approaches and best practices can be highly productive and is exactly what Seventh's expertise will bring.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Project Managers who want to apply creativity and critical-thinking skills to their decision-making process.

You Will Learn To

  • Build a high-performing team and create commitment to assist your team in meeting its deadlines
  • Facilitate effective meetings, including presenting an options paper to get the team or stakeholders to make a decision
  • Resolve conflicts to keep the team committed and on track

You Will Benefit By

  • Keep the team on track through team consensus and conflict resolution
  • Prevent team “break-ups” by using constructive feedback
  • Optimize time, money and resources by putting the right people on the right projects

Fundamentals Of Project Management

Project management isn’t just for construction engineers and military logistics experts anymore. Today, in addition to the regular duties of your job, you are oftenexpected to take on extra assignments and to get that additional job done well, done under budget, and done on time.This workshop is not intended to take you from a supervisory or administrative position to that of a project manager.However, these three days will familiarize you with the most common terms and the most current thinking about projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what is meant by a project.
  • Recognize what steps must be taken to complete projects on time and on budget.
  • Have a better ability to sell ideas and make presentations.
  • Know simple techniques and tools for planning and tracking your project.
  • Have methods for keeping the team focused and motivated.

Project Management Leadership

How you choose to manage your people can often affect your project as much as the management of the task itself. From having solid interpersonal and social skills, understanding of the dynamics of working within groups of people who could vary in background and beliefs, and being able to influence with effective leadership strategies that get the most out of your team or clients, leadership skills need focus and attention. This course will teach participants to craft the kind of effective leadership abilities that lead to the most successful project management.

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IT Project Management

The types of fundamentals needed for solid project management are taught here with a strict focus on Information Technology (IT). IT projects, including hardware, software and vendor engagement can lead to communication with different groups and audiences. Project management education with a focus on IT will help you manage stakeholder expectations, define and avoid IT risks and work within quality standards.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Project Managers who want to learn the fundamentals and best practices of project management methodology as applied to IT initiatives.

You Will Learn To

  • Plan for a successful project
  • Define project scope
  • Identify project life cycle components

You Will Benefit By

  • Maintain control of your information technology projects with proven scheduling techniques
  • Deliver quality systems on time
  • Expertly use PM software tools to manage information technology projects

Project Stakeholder Management

In the recently-released fifth edition of a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, a new 10th Knowledge Area was added addressing Project Stakeholder Management. Keeping influential stakeholders involved and engaged to build long-lasting and positive relationships is a critical success factor for projects.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Project Managers who want to apply sound principles for managing stakeholder expectations through-out the project life cycle.

You Will Learn To

  • Identify high-priority stakeholders and their needs and interests
  • Build trust and positive relationships with external stakeholders
  • Apply effective negotiation, persuasion, influence, and communication techniques to manage relationships with stakeholders

You Will Benefit By

  • Establish a process for continuous communication with stakeholders
  • Discover how to plan work, execute against the plan, and manage team members while actively involving external stakeholders

Leading teams with Emotional Intelligence

Leading Teams with Emotional Intelligence helps your managers improve business results by gaining the ability to recognize and regulate their teams’ emotions. The situation-based practice serves up immediate consequences for decisions and shows your managers how to create an environment of true collaboration and cooperation. Your managers will gain powerful insights into people and how to make team members work genuinely well together and fulfill their highest potential.

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This course provides firsthand experiences in a safe environment and gives managers the opportunity

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You Will Learn To

  • Recognize, regulate, and improve the emotional dimensions of team behavior
  • Gain more influence as a team leader and more effectively solve problems with a team.
  • Understand and appreciate the impact of a leader’s emotional intelligence on workplace climate.
  • Establish group norms to build a foundation for team collaboration that in turn drives high
  • Manage emotional relationships with other groups for improved productivity.
  • Understand the key components of emotional intelligence that leaders need to be successful self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

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Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Great leaders move us through our emotions. They establish a deep emotional connection with others called resonance. Their own levels of emotional intelligence allow them to create and nurture these resonant relationships. They use their EI as a path to resonant leadership through mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness. Unfortunately, most people in leadership and helping positions (i.e., doctors, teachers, coaches, etc.) lose their effectiveness over time because of the cumulative damage from chronic stress. But humans can renew themselves, neurologically, hormonally, and emotionally.

Based on decades of research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies of their development, the course will examine resonance and developing "resonant leadership" capability, emotional intelligence, and the experiences of mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Using the latest in neuroscience, behavioral, organizational and psychological research, participants will understand the theory, research, and experience of the Positive Emotional Attractor that is an essential beginning to sustained, desired change for individuals, teams, organizations and communities.

About This Course

The course will consist of nine classes, with three or so modules per class, to be taken over 8 weeks. Each module will consist of a video, assigned and recommended readings, reflective exercises, writing in your Personal Journal, and on-line, asynchronous discussions. Each class will have personal learning assignments to use and tests of comprehension.

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Project Leadership: Building High Performance Teams

The demands of a project leadership role are unique. You must learn how to serve both the needs of your team members with the needs of the project—not an easy task. Project leadership requires a blend of soft skills, such as communication and motivation, along with the bottom-line capabilities of project management. This workshop will teach you how to master the project leadership skills that can help you build team commitment and create a more predictable project environment.

Gain the leadership and communication skills to support successful projects in your organization. Through team-based activities and projects, master the most difficult aspects of team management. Discover how to build and maintain a high-performing, motivated project team through techniques such as teamwork and employee empowerment. Learn how to work together with your project team to avoid and resolve conflicts, make collaborative decisions, and build the foundation of trust and interpersonal relationships required for cohesive teamwork and successful project results.

About This Course

In this course, you transition to a leader who can inspire a diverse team to work together and deliver customer success. At the end of your classroom experience, you take away an understanding of project leadership best practices and a development plan for personal application.

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  • Build and sustain high-performing project teams
  • Develop team identity and empower others
  • Foster productive team communication and effectively manage conflict
  • Increase productivity by challenging your processes and motivating your people
  • Manage internal and external influences that team performance

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Project Manager to Project Leader

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker

As the work-place becomes a collaborative and fast paced environment, organizational culture demands leaders are proactive in providing vision and inspiration. The skills required to deliver this are very different to the management skills you may be used to or that have brought with you to this role. Common concerns we hear include:
How do I always think and live the 'big picture'?

How do I stay strategic?
How do I translate my style to different individuals?
How do I bring my people with me?

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Project Risk Management

Project risk management is a set of management techniques aimed at ensuring that actual and planned project outcomes coincide, or better. As such, project risk management is practiced by the great majority of project planners, project managers and their staff. Risk management is embedded in nearly every facet of planning and implementing a project.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Project Managers who want to apply the methodology for managing risk through mitigation strategies adopted through-out the project life cycle.

You Will Learn To

  • Manage risk to deliver initiatives that meet stakeholder needs
  • Leverage a proven qualitative risk-analysis process to guide your risk management decisions
  • Determine risk mitigations, and time and cost contingencies

You Will Benefit By

  • Creating your RMP from a proven model
  • Developing a Risk Register through an incremental process
  • Detecting and responding to risk events

Project Management Methods

Project managers use a standard methodology based on the Project Management Institute (PMI) - Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), to ensure that we meet the training and development budget and schedule. The various phases of the project management life cycle are:

Initiation

The Initiating phase consists of those processes performed to define a new project by obtaining authorization to start the project or phase. Within the Initiating phase, the initial scope is defined. Internal and external stakeholders who will interact and influence the overall outcome of the project are identified.

The initiating phase aligns the stakeholders’ expectations with the project’s purpose, give them visibility about the scope and objectives, show how their participation in the project and it associated phases can ensure that their expectations are achieved. Initialing helps set the vision of the project—what is needed to be accomplished.

Planning

Planning consists of those processes performed to establish the total scope of the effort, define and refine the objectives, and develop the course of action required to attain those objectives. The key benefit of Planning is to delineate the strategy and tactics as well as the course of action or path to successfully complete the project or phase. When Planning is well managed, it is much easier to get stakeholder buy-in and engagement.

Executing

Executing involves coordinating people and resources, managing stakeholder expectations, as well as integrating and performing the activities of the project in accordance with the project management plan.

Monitoring and Controlling

Monitoring and Controlling consists of those processes required to track, review, and orchestrate the progress and performance of the project; identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required; and initiate the corresponding changes. The key benefit of Monitoring and Controlling is that project performance is measured and analyzed at regular intervals, appropriate events, or exception conditions to identify variances from the project management plan.

Closing

Closing consists of those processes performed to conclude all activities across the Project to formally complete the project, phase, or contractual obligations. Closing formally establishes that the project or project phase is complete.

Project Management Leadership

Project management effectiveness refers to the success of the project. Achieving projects success depends on people, as they are the most critical project management resource. A project Manager’s role on any project goes far beyond task-related deliverables. Project managers must accomplish project objectives byworking through many individuals and groups. To a large extent, the ultimate success of a project depends upon how well the project manager is able to unify these differentindividuals and groups by developing and maintaining ashared vision of the project’s objectives and a commitment tothe successful completion of the project.

This 3-day impactful workshop focuseson the human dimensions of projects, with aspecial emphasis on teambuilding and leadership skills forthe project manager. The module draws heavily on researchfindings from the behavioral sciences.Students engage in an interactive session with in-class assignments and activities based on multiple industry-based Case Studies. The use of Case Studies involves taking advantage of a proven approach to enhance student engagement and motivation and to deepen student understanding.

Who Should Attend

  • This course if intended for those individuals involved in project delivery or management, and who want to enable their corporate strategy and objectives through projects.

You Will Learn To

  • Evaluate how projects enable strategy objectives
  • Manage stakeholder expectations and build relationships
  • Apply change management best practices
  • Develop and lead effective project teams
  • Increase your influence with and without formal authority

You Will Benefit By

  • Enabling strategy through Projects
  • Managing change through the project management cycle
  • Effective managing stakeholder expectations
  • Thriving and delivering within a complex projectized environment

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Scrum Methodology

This course methodology is designed by experts with extensive experience in the field of professional training and education. It combines our extensive knowledge of Scrum/Agile with innovative methods of course delivery to provide a practical understanding of Scrum/Agile concepts. For more info: www.certifymescrum.com

Course Objectives

  • To provide deep understanding of the Scrum framework’s philosophy and principles
  • To provide practical knowledge of Scrum including roles, meetings, and artifacts
  • To prepare participants to be comfortable in taking on Scrum roles in their organizations as well as to manage common issues and roadblocks

Course Outcomes

  • Students will be familiar with the concepts, advantages, and challenges of the Scrum framework.
  • Students will be equipped with the knowledge needed to play various Scrum roles in their organizations and help their organizations adopt the Scrum framework.
  • Students will have knowledge pertaining to and the ability to anticipate issues related to the practical implementation of Scrum.


Course Methodology

  • Students are provided an engaging course that ensures high retention of concepts and theories.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in activities and discussions. This enables better internalization and retention.
  • Students are involved in discussions during various Scrum exercises that involve practical implementation issues.
  • Students work through a case study that is integrated in the course, in which different aspects of the Scrum framework are simulated.

Agile Project Management

The Agile project management approach evolved from the software industry where it has grown and developed through empirical progress. It is suited for large complex projects where it is difficult to specify the product in advance. Agile project management is the work of energizing, empowering and enabling project teams to rapidly and reliably deliver customer value by engaging customers, and continuously learning and adapting to their changing needs and environments. Agile project management focuses on project throughput, teamwork, and leadership.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine and apply the foundations of the Agile framework
  • Leverage Agile principles to boost team performance
  • Improve stakeholder management through Agile
  • Understand various Agile methodologies - including Scrum
  • Gain an understanding of delivery of Value and Quality in Agile Projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Agile Release and Iteration Planning


Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Agile is a topic of growing importance in project management. The marketplace reflects this importance, as project management practitioners increasingly embrace agile as a technique for managing successful projects. The PMI-ACP certification recognizes an individual’s expertise in using agile practices in their projects, while demonstrating their increased professional versatility through agile tools and techniques. This global certification also supports individuals in meeting the needs of organizations that rely on project practitioners to apply a diversity of methods to their project management. Source www.pmi.org

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate to employers the level of professionalism in agile practices of project management; and
  • Increase professional versatility in both project management tools and techniques.
  • Gain good comprehension of the Agile Manifesto, its methodologies, principles, tools, and techniques.
  • Understand Agile principles and practices that will improve customer satisfaction.
  • Gain an in-depth exploration of the seven Agile domains tested on the PMI-ACP exam. You will also gain valuable test-taking tips and strategies to help you approach the PMI-ACP with confidence.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

A career in project management offers a variety of jobs across industries, incredible growth potential, and excellent compensation. Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is a proven way to enhance your resume, elevate your career potential, and boost your earnings. Source: www.pmi.org

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an in-depth exploration of the five Process Groups and ten Knowledge Areastested on the PMP exam.
  • Gain valuable test-taking tips and strategies to help you approach the PMP with confidence.
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Agile Leadership

Agile is a disciplined and collaborative method of management that can be applied to a wide range of projects and industries. Agile leadership is a critical element in Agile implementation. Adaptive, open and focused on delivering value, Agile leaders understand the critical success factors in Agile implementations and embrace collaboration, teamwork, self-organization and accountability.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why companies adopt Agile
  • Explain the theories Agile is based upon, so that I know why Agile works.
  • Understand Agile, so that I can distinguish it from various other frameworks.
  • Understand Agile Leadership, so that I can understand how to lead in an Agile Organization.
  • Describe how to develop self-organizing and self-managing teams.
  • List ways to influence organization culture.


Agile For Executives

Many organizations now use Agile practices to drive their business growth. This half-day workshop is designed for business executives and organization leaders who want to learn how Agile adds value to the enterprise, and why executive understanding, sponsorship, and support of Agile practices are essential to successful Agile adoption. It also provides an overview of what Agile is, why it is needed, how it is used, and how it benefits the organization from a management perspective.

Learning Objectives

  • Benefits of Agile
  • Lean and Agile Values and Principles
  • Agile Mindset
  • Agile Myths and Realities
  • Traditional Management vs. Agile Leadership
  • Agile Transformation Roadmap and Challenges
  • Scaling Agile
  • Impact on Structure, Policies, and Culture
  • Essentials to Successful Agile Adoption
  • Executive’s Role in Supporting their Teams


Intermediate Project Management

Project management is not just restricted to certain industries, or to individuals with certification as a project manager. Lots of us are expected to complete assignments that are not a usual part of our job, and to get the job done well, within our budget, and on time.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify your project’s tasks and resources
  • Order tasks using the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Schedule tasks effectively
  • Use basic planning tools such as a Gantt chart, PERT diagram, and network diagram
  • Prepare a project budget
  • Modify the project budget and schedule to meet targets
  • Identify and manage risks
  • Prepare a final project plan
  • Execute and terminate a project
  • Develop and manage a change control process

Advanced Project Management

It’s easy to forget the “manager” part of your “project manager” title among the other range of activities you are responsible for. However, your management skills are an important part of your success as a project manager, so it is crucial that you grow both of those skill sets. There are also some advanced project management techniques that you can master to help bring your projects to successful completion.

Learning Objectives

  • Think critically when choosing a project team
  • Make the best of an assigned project team
  • Help teams move through various stages to become a high-functioning unit
  • Maximize productivity at team meetings
  • Reward and motivate your team
  • Develop and execute a communication plan
  • Communicate with sponsors and executives more effectively
  • Identify strategies for working with problem team members

Leadership Skills

Supervisors represent an important force in the economy. You have the power to turn on or turn off the productivity of the people who report to you. You are the crucial interface between the employee on the shop floor or the service desk and the managers of the organization. Although you usually have more technical experience than the employees you supervise, you may not have had a lot of leadership experience. This one-day course will give you the skills in communication, coaching, and conflict that you need to be successful.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn ways to prioritize, plan, and manage your time.
  • Identify your primary leadership style
  • Develop some flexibility to use other leadership styles.
  • Determine ways you can meet the needs of employees and co-workers through communication and coaching.
  • Explore ways to make conflict a powerful force for creative, well-rounded solutions to problems.

Leadership Essentials

This workshop identifies several of the skill sets that great leaders possess. With dynamic discussions with participants explore the most crucial areas of leadership. Participants emerge with fresh insights into how to be better decision makers, leaders of people and groups, and agents of organizational change.

Learning Objectives

  • Enhance emotional intelligence and apply it appropriately as a leader
  • Strengthen the ability to lead and manage organizational change
  • Improve decision making
  • Motivate your team more effectively
  • Manage the dynamics within and between groups that influence performance

High Impact Leadership

This workshop provides an understanding of how you are perceived as a leader in the context of your organization. Through a dynamic mix of lectures, discussions, you learn concrete ways to improve your leadership abilities. At the conclusion, you have an action plan for managing yourself and leading others to improved performance that aligns people and objectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain greater awareness of your leadership styles, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Improve your style of leading and managing
  • Strengthen your ability to lead and manage organizational innovation and change
  • Develop more effective decision-making skills
  • Build your understanding of organizational culture, and leadership implications

Leadership and Influence

They say that leaders are born, not made. While it is true that some people are born leaders, some leaders are born in the midst of adversity. Often, simple people who have never had a leadership role will stand up and take the lead when a situation they care about requires it. leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring ourselves from within. This training takes the latter approach. Once you learn the techniques of true leadership, you will be able to build the confidence it takes to take the lead. The more experience you have acting as a genuine leader, the easier it will be for you. It is never easy to take the lead, as you will need to make decisions and face challenges, but it can become natural and rewarding.

Learning Objectives

  • Define “leadership”
  • Explain the Great Man Theory
  • Explain the Trait Theory
  • Understand Transformational Leadership
  • Understand the people you lead and how to adapt your leadership styles
  • Explain leading by Directing
  • Explain leading by Coaching
  • Explain leading by Participating
  • Explain leading by Delegating
  • Kouzes and Posner
  • Conduct a personal inventory
  • Create an action plan
  • Establish personal goals