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#702 | Preparing to Lead: Critical Project Management Skills for the HR Executive
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Saturday 06/17/2017 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Add to calendar
4.00 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: HR Expertise, Consultation
Workplace Application:
This workshop will give you step-by-step instructions and easy-to-implement tools to set you up for success on projects big or small. 
Managing projects can be challenging, especially if they span multiple divisions, time zones and countries. From global outsourcing to rolling out an HRIS system to leading change management initiatives, you have the unique opportunity to spearhead projects that can directly impact your organization's bottom line. This requires your project management skills to be well-developed and constantly at the ready. This interactive workshop will prepare you to lead projects both big and small by providing in-depth, step-by-step instructions on how to plan for success and how to manage, execute and deliver results—all while meeting your budget and schedule deadlines. You will learn:
  • The essentials of project management, which include conducting an in-depth analysis of pre-project planning; identifying goals, deliverables and requirements (even while they are constantly shifting); creating a breakdown of the work that needs to be accomplished; developing comprehensive time and cost estimates that fit within your organization’s financial objectives; and targeting your messages to influence key stakeholders and gain their support.
  • How to define deliverables in financial terms your senior leaders care about (and will actually pay attention to).
  • How to develop metrics to determine the best employees to have on your project team, including how to organize and inventory skills, knowledge, personality and previous experience to meet the goals defined in your project scope document.
  • How to conduct comprehensive risk probability vs. impact analysis to determine the likeliest causes for your project to become derailed and how to plan for and overcome those challenges (and any subsequent delays to your project).
  • How easy-to-implement project management tools can help you plan for and manage your project; these tools include Gap and SWOT analyses, Fishbone (Cause & Effect) diagrams, Goal Breakdown Structure diagrams, RACI matrices, and several types of Gantt charts.
  • How potential software tools can help you get organized and track your project; these tools include Microsoft Project and/or Excel, Mind-Mapping software, SharePoint, Smartsheet and Basecamp, to name a few.


Valerie M. Grubb Photo
Valerie M. Grubb, Principal,
Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd.