Intermediate Programs

Intermediate programs are intended for project teams looking for ways to become better teams. These programs show teams how to raise their levels of team integration, better manage a distributed team, and use Earned Value indexes to manage project progress.

Complex Problems, Difficult Decisions, & Innovative Ideas: Smart-Team™ Tools for the Working Team

A 2-day, 14 PDU (1.4 CEU) instructor-led program How can you minimize the disruptive effects of problems on your projects and make decisions that the whole team supports? This advanced program shows you how to classify problems and decisions, separate them from other issues and concerns, and resolve them in a way that they won’t recur. Using sources from Descartes’ Discourse on Method to the present-day work of Nobel Laureates Khaneman and Tversky, you’ll learn a variety of methods to solve problems, make decisions, and generate ideas with your team. Many have found that these team tools are also handy to apply to individual challenges.

Managing Outsourced Projects

A 2-day, 14 PDU instructor-led program This program explores the skills and techniques needed for one of the biggest challenges facing today’s project manager – managing the outsourced project. You will review how an outsourced project puts basic project practices to the test and demands sensitive team leadership. Using the outsourced team experiences of our clients, you will explore the cost-benefit of outsourced work, the finer points of handling team and individual conflicts, delegating with accountability, and assessing progress. The program includes a special problem-solving workshop where you will grapple with immediate issues emerging from the group’s structured discussions. Earned-Value Project Management (1)

Day 1: Elementary & Intermediate Earned Value

A 1-day, 7 PDU (0.7 CEU) instructor-led program Review the earned-value basics before exploring The PMOBK® Guide approach to earned value. Among the ideas presented are the Cost and Schedule Performance Indexes (CPI and SPI) and the new To Complete Performance Index (TCPI). New Leaf introduces its own unique formula for computing the “atypical” SPI.

The cost Estimate at Completion (EAC) and the schedule Estimate to Complete (EACt) are both explained, together with the cost Estimate to Complete (ETC) and the Schedule Estimate to Complete. A spreadsheet entitled “The Magic Table” shows you how to apply earned-value ideas to small projects with “invisible” earned value. You’ll practice the many earned-value calculations with worked examples and with your own projects.

The program concludes with the exciting game of Herding Cats™, an experiential learning tool to test and apply your understanding of the program’s concepts. Upon completion, you’ll know how to apply the fundamentals of earned-value analysis in a practical setting.

The Herding Cats™ Game: Earned Value in Action

A 1-day, 7 PDU (0.7 CEU) facilitated simulation Herding Cats™ is a simulation that will be familiar to anyone who works on complex technical projects that are difficult to manage. This experiential learning tool gives you the opportunity to test and apply your understanding of project management in a risk-free yet realistic environment. You and your team will be given a full description of a “project” (including the business case, risks, and trade-offs), and asked to manage it to deliver more stakeholder value than competing teams’ projects. After the simulation, you and your team will reflect on: the skills and techniques you used in the simulation; what worked and what didn’t; how the earned-value metrics helped you adjust your plan; what you would change; and how useful lessons might be applied to your actual projects.