Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Development (1 day) –The subtitle for this seminar is,”It all Starts Here,” which summarizes the philosophy behind this course. It is a comprehensive program that starts with work definition and continues through the entire development process. It describes what a WBS is, why it is developed, basic principles of structuring the WBS, considerations in its development, common errors and benefits. It also addresses the role of the WBS in: pricing and estimating; assignment of responsibility; project control; and reporting. Several case studies, including one where the students develop a WBS, are used to reinforce the points of the lecture.
Project Scheduling (2 days) – This is an intensive two-day workshop. It is designed for project managers and their staff as well as any other project personnel who need to understand the principles of scheduling and the use of schedules in the management of projects. This workshop provides practical, results-oriented demonstrations of the effective use of scheduling systems. At the conclusion of this workshop each student will better understand how his/her commercial project scheduling package: identifies the critical path; calculates float (slack); resource levels projects; and supports “what if” analyses. In addition to networks, the workshop addresses: Gantt/barcharts; the integration of the schedule, technical and cost baseline elements; potential solutions for resolving late completion forecasts; and schedule reporting and analysis. Students need to be prepared to “roll up their sleeves” since this is a fast-paced workshop that makes extensive use of case studies.
Project Scheduling Using MS Project or Primavera Project Planner (2 days) – This course is specifically designed for organizations who are using either of these scheduling packages. Participants will be introduced to the software and will develop a test project using various data entry methods. Basic schedule analysis using MSP/P3 reports and graphic tools are explored. Specific topics addressed include: file types; data input; schedule calculation; sort/select functions; reports & graphics; resource libraries and assignments; resource analysis; and cost analysis.
Advanced MSProject Scheduling (1 Day) – In this course participants are familiarized with advanced topics such as building custom sort/select functions, generating histogram and network logic diagrams and association of data in separate record classes.
Integrated Product Development (IPD) (2 days) – This seminar is designed to provide an overview of the IPD philosophy, the concept of integrated product teams (IPT) and the integrated management tools used in the IPD environment. It focuses on the IPD concept of enhancing and/or changing the processes associated with how you do business rather than changing what you do. There is a significant amount of focus on IPTs, their structure, the inclusion of the customer, the leadership of such teams and how they function in an Earned Value Management System (EVMS) environment. Elemental tools such as the Integrated Management Plan (IMP), the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) and technical performance measures are all explained in terms of what they are and how they interface one with another. An implementation methodology is described and lessons learned from the experiences of those who have already been through the process are shared.
Project Control Systems (2 days) – This seminar covers the basic knowledge necessary to understand, design, implement, and successfully operate a project control system which is responsive to the Department of Energy Life Cycle Asset Management (LCAM) requirements. It covers the organizing, planning, monitoring and control phases of project performance. It explains the “risk-graded” approach and outlines the system acceptance process.
Techniques (2 Days) – Designed for those familiar with the basic concepts of the EVMS, LCAM and C/SSR systems, this program employs several case studies to illustrate the methods for reviewing and demonstrating the application of data analysis techniques in the operational project environment. This case study approach not only reviews the basic tenets of sound project management reporting, but takes the student through all phases of recording, accumulating, and tracking performance measurement data. Significant emphasis is placed on techniques for development of meaningful estimates at completion (EAC).
Project Management Skills Enhancement (2 days) – This seminar is designed for all levels of project management personnel, but is especially well suited for project managers and project engineers. Its focus is on refining people’s program/project management skills so as to make them even more effective in the elements of their jobs beyond the technical. It addresses: project management needs and solutions; organizing both the work and the participants of the project: planning, budgeting and scheduling the project; monitoring and controlling the project; graphical analysis of project performance; and “jump starting” the project. The lecture is supplemented by six case studies.
Subcontract Management (2 days) – An ever increasing amount of the work of projects is being performed by subcontractors. This seminar is designed for those personnel who are newly assigned to the role of subcontract manager/focal point. The seminar addresses: subcontracting strategy and planning; general business management of subcontracts; technical management; cost and schedule management; and means of effectively monitoring technical, schedule and cost performance of subcontractors. Several case studies are employed throughout the seminar.
Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) (3 days) – This seminar addresses EVMS concepts, applications and issues in the context of performance-based management and budgeting. It uses case studies throughout to reinforce the concepts. It addresses: organizing the project work; planning for performance management; accumulating performance data; monitoring project performance; maintaining the project baseline; assessing project performance; and the system compliance process. This seminar is designed for the person new to the world of performance-based management and EVMS and also for those who are looking for a refresher/update on these topics.
Performance Management Systems (3 days) – This seminar covers the basic knowledge necessary to understand, design, implement, and successfully operate a performance management system which is responsive to DOD, DOE, NASA, and Army corps of Engineers requirements. It addresses all phases of performance management from the organizing process through change control. It also provides an overview of data analysis, subcontract management and the system compliance process.
Integrated Project Management (3 days) – This seminar describes the latest techniques in organizing the technical, cost and schedule requirements of a project within an integrated management framework. Several case studies are used to illustrate the application of these techniques. Experience has shown that these techniques are highly successful in diverse applications, including construction, research and development, and production/manufacturing.
Performance Management Review Team Preparation (5 days) – This course is designed to enhance the effectiveness and capabilities of government and contractor personnel who must review for an assessment of compliance or non-compliance a contractor/subcontractor’s performance management system. The course consists of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and individual/group exercises. For example, it includes a mock demonstration exercise, mock interviews, detailed discussions of what to look for and how to assess not only what is there but that which isn’t but should be. The course includes a certification process involving examinations.