The Project Management Certificate Program

An 8-course program that builds project management competencies

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High performing companies say, “We have the best project managers.” To help your organization develop better project managers, we have designed a series of programs that result in a Certificate in Project Management.

This eight program series is designed for individuals who are, or soon will be, responsible for resource-driven projects in information technology, software development, and new product development, as well as biotechnology, engineering, and environmental sciences. The series helps build the competencies described in our Project Manager Competency Model, as well as the knowledge expressed by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the industry standard.

Developed by a New Leaf executive who contributed to the original PMBOK® Guide, the full certificate program will also help participants prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam offered by PMI®. Many successful companies, including Honeywell, AT&T, and IBM, are making PMP® certification a requirement for significant project management assignments within their organizations.

This series of distinct yet interrelated programs allows participants to learn by doing – at least half of class time is devoted to casework and experiential learning. During these sessions, your project managers and their teams will use real projects that they are working on, effectively advancing their projects while learning. They will leave the program with skills they can apply back on the job – immediately.

Upon completion of the series, participants will be able to:

  1. Create a successful project team
  2. Set goals that are realistic and measurable
  3. Design a project plan that is easy to monitor, change, and implement
  4. Navigate easily through the organization
  5. Communicate effectively to others about the project
  6. Gain (and maintain) stakeholder support
  7. Anticipate and minimize risk
  8. Integrate changes effectively at any point in the project
  9. Share authority and leadership

1. Five Sigma® Project Management
A 3-day, 21-PDU (2.1 CEU) Program
An introductory program that builds on The PMBOK® Guide and the “critical chain” to create a new plan that weaves together the latest thinking about “common cause” and “special cause” variations in systems that are projects. Each participant will learn how to balance the triple constraints of scope, cost, and schedule with the other project imperatives of quality, risk, stakeholder satisfaction, and business profit.

2. Constructive Project Negotiation
A 2-day, 14-PDU (1.4 CEU) Program
Project stakeholders have expectations that must be clearly set and effectively managed. Lasting agreements can be forged through constructive
negotiation. This program builds the negotiating skills that let you create constructive agreements between the project team and the rest of the project stakeholders. A special section focuses on how to deal with a difficult negotiator.

3. Managing Risk & Making Decisions
A 2-day, 14-PDU (1.4 CEU) Program
This program details the basic risk management sequence of identification, qualification, quantification, response development, and response control. You will learn how to plan for the likely risks and how to mitigate the less likely ones, using front-end risk planning and on-going issue management. Includes the challenging project risk game Stays & Days© & Dragons, to illustrate the concepts being learned.

4. Leading Project Teams: The Human Side of Performance
A 2-day, 14-PDU (1.4 CEU) Program
The FASTEAMS® system design was distilled from the best practices of over 750 teams and provides a method for managing performance at every stage of the project life cycle. Key topics include: defining roles and ground rules, building consensus, talking about task and relationship behaviors, and how to build a team that sees itself as a team.

5. Winning Project Presentations
A 2-day, 14-PDU (1.4 CEU) Program
As a project manager, you must present to, converse with, and convince a variety of audiences every day. This program focuses on how to develop, design, and deliver a results-oriented presentation. You will learn how to organize a talk based on an objective, use a specific format, and rehearse your talk.

6. Managing the Project’s Organizational Context
A 2-day, 14-PDU (1.4 CEU) Program
Individual projects influence, and are influenced by, their organizational context. This program provides you with tools for managing the “side effects” of organizational change. You’ll gain hands-on experience planning a change effort in a real organization as well as an understanding of the impact of change on your organization.

7. Computer Tools for Project Management
A 2-day, 14-PDU (1.4 CEU) Program
A three-person, five-month project should not take days to plan. You should be able to correct a plan and track your project in just a few minutes a week. Through lecture and class discussion, guided interaction on the computer, and learn-by-doing team workshops, this program builds your  fundamental knowledge and practical skill with several computer tools.

8. Chartering the Project: Managing the Business Priorities of the Project Portfolio
A 2-day, 14-PDU (1.4 CEU) Program
This capstone program shows you how to position your project within the business, emphasizing the ongoing relationship between an individual project’s needs and a business’s strategic objectives. You will learn how to charter a new project and how to make the right choice among several proposed projects: how to avoid the bad, postpone the questionable, and quickly launch the profitable.

Programs may be taken individually or as part of the series.