Leadership and Management for Project Managers

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Leadership and Management for Project Managers

Authors: Jason Alba, Heather Ackmann, Alice Meredith, Dan Appleman, Doru Catana, Amy Irvine, Lars Klint, Milena Pajic, Shelley Benhoff

Successful project managers in today’s organizations are also effective leaders. They get the project work done by leading and managing project team members efficiently and... Read more

What you will learn:

  • Leadership for Non-Managers
  • Staying organized to improve productivity
  • Establishing Goals, Roles, and Guidelines for a Team
  • Building Trust and Commitment on Your Team
  • Managing Remote Teams
  • Pitching the Project: Winning Management Buy-in on a Project
  • Building Vendor Relationships that Work
  • Managing Scope Creep
  • Real-time Strategies for Identifying and Mitigating Project Risk
  • Managing Technical Professionals
  • Launching Successful Teams
  • Building a High-performance Team
  • Aligning IT and Business Strategies

Pre-requisites

No prerequisite knowledge needed.

Beginner

In this beginner section we will cover leadership basics and help you stay more organized.

Leadership for Non-managers

by Jason Alba

May 2, 2019 / 1h 5m

1h 5m

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Description

Have you ever wanted to become a leader like one of the leaders who has inspired you? If so, Leadership for Non-managers is the perfect course for you. In this course, you'll learn how to discover and nurture the leadership skills you need. First, you'll have leadership redefined for you and remove some of the mystery around leadership. Next, you'll explore examples of leadership characteristics, discussing how these characteristics really make a leader. Finally, you'll define an actionable strategy with step-by-step tactics to choose the right leadership characteristics for you and make meaningful progress on each of them. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a clear vision of how you will move forward and become the leader you know you can become.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding Leadership Fundamentals
  3. Internalizing Leadership Qualities
  4. Becoming a Leader in Every Role You Have

Staying Organized to Improve Productivity

by Heather Ackmann

Oct 1, 2019 / 1h 22m

1h 22m

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Are you working longer hours, but not really checking much off your to-do list? Or maybe you’re getting a lot of things done, but feel they never seem to really add up to anything big or important? If this sounds familiar, then you might need to watch this course. In this course, Staying Organized to Improve Productivity, you are going to be looking at how three aspects of your world—your physical space, your various projects, and your personal life—intersect to help form who you are, shape your priorities, and guide how you make your day-to-day decisions. First, you will learn how to maximize your workspace productivity. Next, you will explore how to optimize your project organization. Finally, you will discover how to organize your personal life. When you are finished with this course, you should have a better understanding of yourself and what areas of your projects, tools, workspace, and priorities to focus on optimizing.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Improving Productivity with Organization
  3. Maximizing Workspace Productivity
  4. Optimizing Your Project Organization
  5. Organizing Your Life
  6. Bringing It All Together

Intermediate

In this intermediate section we cover several important topics for managing and leading project teams such as goal setting, trust and commitment, vendors, as well as managing scope creep and risk.

Establishing Goals, Roles, and Guidelines for a Team

by Alice Meredith

Jan 30, 2018 / 1h 7m

1h 7m

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The success of a team links directly back to the team’s understanding of company, team, and individual goals, and how they achieve their goals. In this course, Establishing Goals, Roles, and Guidelines for a Team, you'll learn how to set strategic goals that are essential for any team. First, you'll learn how to set clear roles and responsibilities for team members. Next, you'll explore how to effectively support team goals. Finally, you'll discover how to align roles to ensure all team members work within allowable guidelines. When you're finished with this course, you'll be able to effectively lead a successful team.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Pivotal Steps in the Goal Setting Process
  3. Establishing and Clarifying Team Roles
  4. Guidelines: A Framework for Success
  5. Leading the Journey
  6. Getting Back on Track

Building Trust and Commitment on Your Team

by Dan Appleman

Apr 2, 2018 / 1h 2m

1h 2m

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It’s possible for teams to function without trust, it happens all the time, but efficient teams need trust to execute at a high level. In this course, Building Trust and Commitment on Your Team you'll learn the good things that can happen if you can build trust on a team, both trust in management and trust among team members. First, you'll learn how costs and risks drop. Then, you'll learn how turnover drops and commitment increases. Finally, you'll learn how trust grows excellence, achievement, and commitment in teams. By the end of this course you'll have practical approaches to building trust on your team.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Who Needs Trust, Anyway?
  3. Building Trust in the Leadership
  4. Building Trust Within the Team
  5. Building Commitment on a Team

Managing Remote Teams

by Doru Catana

Jan 19, 2018 / 1h 31m

1h 31m

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Knowing how to effectively manage remote teams has become an essential management skill if you want access to the best talent available worldwide and to keep up with a more and more competitive work environment. This course, Managing Remote Teams, comes as a solution to that problem, tackling it from multiple perspectives. First, you'll discover the core components of remote team management: recruiting, communication, performance, and culture. Next, you'll explore the principles of management and types of management systems. Finally, you'll learn the fundamentals of implementation and some tools to help you along the way. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a solid understanding of the theory of remote team management, as well as practical experience from completing all the quick exercises found throughout the course.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Why Choose Remote Work for Your Organization?
  3. Components and Structure of Virtual Team Management
  4. Setting up Your Systems
  5. Essential Skills of a Remote Manager
  6. Your Toolbox – How to Easily Manage Your Remote Team
  7. Course Overview and Taking Action

Pitching the Project: Winning Management Buy-in on a Project

by Doru Catana

Mar 6, 2017 / 57m

57m

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Have a great idea yet you don't know how to sell it to management and get the ok for implementation? This course helps to solve that problem by tackling the core problems. In this course, Pitching the Project: Winning Management Buy-in on a Project, you'll learn a very practical and down to earth approach to get from idea to implementation. First, you'll start by getting the main questions answered that management will have. Next, you'll go over principles and tools to test the feasibility of your idea. Finally, you'll end with delivery where you look at presentation format and style. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and resources to take your idea from just a thought to a detailed action plan that will get backed by management.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Laying the Groundwork
  3. Answering the Core Questions
  4. Making Sure the Numbers Add Up
  5. Pitch Delivery – Message, Story, & Presentation
  6. Course Summary and Checklist

Building Vendor Relationships That Work

by Amy Irvine

May 24, 2019 / 1h 26m

1h 26m

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Are you currently working with a vendor? Would you like to maximize your investment and build a vendor-ship that works? In this course, Building Vendor Relationships That Work, you will learn how to re-approach your vendor partnership to achieve mutual success. First, you will be exposed to common vendor relationships and lifecycle. Next, you will explore how to uncover the "why" to reach a win-win. Then, you will discover how to build a vendor-ship. And finally, you will gain an understanding of how to create and share your story of success. When you are finished with this course, you will have the mindset and strategies needed to build a vendor relationship that works.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Setting the Stage
  3. Uncovering the Why
  4. Building Your Vendor-ship
  5. Creating Your Success Story

Managing Scope Creep

by Lars Klint

Jul 5, 2018 / 1h 22m

1h 22m

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At the core of managing scope and delivering a quality project within budget, and on time, is a thorough knowledge of how to manage scope creep. In the course, Managing Scope Creep, you’ll learn techniques and tools for not just managing scope, but also managing the project team. First, you’ll learn what scope is and how important it is to get right in any project. Next, you’ll acquire real skills in managing scope and even how to reverse scope creep. Finally, you’ll discover how to educate the team and stakeholders around you. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a foundational knowledge of creating a project scope that will help you as you move forward to managing scope creep.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. What Is Scope Creep?
  3. How Does Scope Creep Happen?
  4. Managing Scope
  5. Educating Developers and Stakeholders

Real-time Strategies for Identifying and Mitigating Project Risk

by Milena Pajic

Sep 10, 2018 / 1h 37m

1h 37m

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There is not a single project nor a single industry that is risk-free. This course, Real-time Strategies for Identifying and Mitigating Project Risk, will help you learn how to approach the risk management process proactively. First, you will discover that risk management is an iterative process. Next, you will learn how to evaluate risks, create a probability and impact matrix, and set priorities for each evaluated risk. Finally, you will determine the way to come up with a plan B and define the contingency budget. When you are finished with this course, you will have a foundational knowledge of the risk management process and its influence on the project/product development.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Identifying Risks
  3. Evaluating Risks
  4. Creating Risk Mitigation Plan
  5. Contingency Planning
  6. Course Wrap Up

Managing Technical Professionals

by Shelley Benhoff

Oct 4, 2017 / 2h 30m

2h 30m

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Have you ever wondered how to attract and retain top talent for your organization? Do you have a problem employee? Are you facing upcoming performance reviews? If so, this course is the perfect course for you. In this course, Managing Technical Professionals, you'll learn how to get your employees to perform at their highest potential. First, you'll discover being a mentor and coaching your employees. Next, you'll watch various scenarios where the management team uses best practices in handling conflict management, facilitating communication, and providing feedback. Finally, you'll explore performance management and handling performance reviews in depth. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills that you need to motivate your employees to perform at their highest potential and provide a positive working environment to attract and retain top talent.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Being a Mentor
  4. Conflict Management
  5. Facilitating Communication
  6. Providing Feedback
  7. Performance Management
  8. Handling Performance Reviews
  9. Summary

Advanced

In this advanced section we will cover how to build and launch successful teams as well as how to align IT and Business strategies in an organization.