Key Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, delegates are expected to:
- have a reasonable working knowledge of how to go about successfully managing technical projects;
- be ready to take on a limited management role; and
- be better equipped to work within projects.
Higher levels of skill and performance in a project/technical management role will subsequently be attained through practical experience.
Training Method and Materials
The course is delivered using a balanced combination of video, presentations, workshops and discussion sessions. The workshops and discussions are focused on putting into practice the techniques covered in the presentations and the lessons to be learned from the video.
The workshops are used extensively to reinforce learning and to contribute to the development of understanding.
Delegates will be provided with:
- a set of comprehensive bound course notes covering the presentation material and workshop exercises;
- other materials and checklists for future reference and use; and
- complimentary access to PPI’s evolving Systems Engineering Goldmine.
Who Should Attend this Course?
This Managing Technical Projects course is designed for personnel of all types who plan, manage, control, specify or support the development or acquisition of important products, including software products, or systems. The course will be of particular value to program managers, project sponsors, project managers and their planning advisers, technical managers, system engineers, software systems engineers, engineers of all other types, stakeholders in the product being developed such as users and planners, and those responsible for the development of policy and processes in the fields of development, acquisition, and supply.
The course will also be of value to anyone who will interface with a Project Team and who seeks an understanding of projects, e.g. members of functional units. Relevant functional units could include Integrated Logistic Support, Configuration Management, Human Resources, Safety, Finance, etc.
To summarize, the course will be of value to anyone who may take on a role within, or in relation to, a project team.
Those seeking a much deeper understanding, especially as relevant to technology-intensive projects, may prefer to attend PPI’s five-day Systems Engineering Management course.
Some Key Questions
- How does managing engineering projects differ from managing in general?
- Why is the following the PMBOK not enough?
- What is systems engineering and how is it relevant?
- What are the Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes (SKAs) conducive to success in conducting technical projects?
- What is the role of the technical manager in ensuring these SKAs are in place?
- How are system life cycle models relevant?
- What is the relevance of Waterfall development, Incremental development, Evolutionary development, Agile, Spiral development, Lean, simultaneous/ concurrent engineering?
- What is the role of Project (Work) Breakdown Structure PBS/WBS in successful projects?
- How can PBS/WBS best be developed?