Project Management Certification | PMP | Northwestern SPS: School of Professional Studies | Northwestern University

Developing People and Teams <> PROJ_PMI 204-0

As a project manager, it is part of your job to work with a team
to achieve a specified outcome. Whether it is an existing team or a
cross-functional team put together for this project, working with
teams has its advantages and challenges. How can you best manage
the strengths of your team to reach its goals? How can you help
prepare a team for the developmental stages they will encounter
while working together? In Developing People and Teams, students
will look at individual development including coaching, mentoring
and motivation theory. Team development will be explored through
the topics of facilitation and collaboration. Participants will
also have the opportunity to assess their personal style of
conflict resolution.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 13 (Leadership:
13)

 

Course Materials:

  • StrengthsFinder 2.0. Rath, Tom. New
    York: Gallup Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 1-595-62015-X | ISBN-13:
    978-1-59562-015-6

Students may purchase this book from any retailer where it is
available, in any format. PLEASE NOTE: 
Students must purchase a
new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is
valid.

 

Required Course Preparation:
Students should complete the assessment included in
StrengthsFinder 2.0 and email their results to the
instructor, Alyssa Dickman, at adickman@northwestern.edu
prior to the first day of
class. Learning activities will be tailored to each course
based on assessment results.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must purchase a new
book in order to ensure that the assessment link is
valid.

 

Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is required for
login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered
students to be added to the online course platform.

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Soft Skills for Project Managers <> PROJ_PMI 211-0

The effective project manager possesses deep interpersonal
skills and is able to use their skills to lead their project teams
to deliver results. This course will help you improve the essential
skills needed to be an effective project manager such as
communication, relationship-management, conflict resolution,
decision-making, and team motivation. Format includes lecture, case
studies/group activities, discussions and Q & A.

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 12 (Technical: 1;
Leadership: 9; Strategic: 2)

 

Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is required for
login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered
students to be added to the online course platform.

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Power Excel Skills for Project Managers <> PROJ_PMI 225-0

The Executive Team is counting on you to commit a project
completion date. Mistakes will be costly due to penalties if there
is any delay. Your project team is counting on you to guide their
effort so the critical tasks are identified and prioritized. You
are buried in a ton of project information arriving to you daily.
How do you collect and organize it? How do you make sense of it?
How do you use it to make the best decisions for the
project?

From committing to a project completion date based on the
organization’s risk tolerance to creating compelling reports and
charts that can drive actions from your organization to address
critical issues to keep your project on track, Excel is one of the
best and more flexible tools available for Project Managers to
simplify tasks related to managing information and also to help on
daily decision making on many levels.

Students will learn advanced excel skills through this hands-on
workshop that will help them to create analytical tools, formulas,
charts, graphs and macros that will support them on making critical
project management decisions. Real-world experiences from project
initiation to project completion will be used so students will
leave each day of the training with the ability to apply what they
have learned in their workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 10 (Technical: 7;
Leadership: 3)

 

Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is required for
login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered
students to be added to the online course platform.

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Managing Global Teams <> PROJ_PMI 300-0

Leading and managing global teams creates many challenges for
project managers. Project teams must develop adaptive ways of
working in a virtual setup to work productively from any location
by clarifying roles, tasks, and processes, and with well-defined
rules of engagement aligned to an organization’s culture and
strategy. This 4-week course, designed for project leaders and
global teams, will address the challenges associated with
distributed/remote teams and provides innovative solutions to
minimize project disruptions. Using lectures, case studies,
discussions, and group exercises, you will learn how to effectively
project manage using communication protocols and collaboration
tools, data management and governance, decision rights and
stakeholder management, and business acumen and judgment.

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Leading Change in Healthcare <> PROJ_PMI 302-0

Accepting change and making improvements is an expectation with
any job, but leading measurable, meaningful change can take your
improvements to the next level. In collaboration with the School of
Professional Studies, the experts at Northwestern Medicine are
bringing their 20+ year improvement knowledge to an in-person
workshop that focuses on the knowledge and applications of proven
methodologies and techniques for leading change in achieve
measurable project success in rapidly changing environments.

During this two-day workshop, the team will walk you through
their improvement model that includes the 5-step improvement
methodology (DMAIC), change management, and project leadership
approaches. Using hands-on activities and case studies, you will
gain the process improvement skills that can be directly applied to
your work and result in measurable, data-driven, root-cause
solutions to impact your organization.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Apply the DMAIC process improvement methodology throughout the
    workshop with the aid of expert coaches
  • Design root-cause focused solutions that plan for
    sustainability
  • Associate different change management methods and utilize key
    change management concepts and plans for project work
  • Navigate complexities in project work through project
    leadership techniques

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 11
(Technical: 6; Leadership: 3; Strategic: 2)

Total Continuing Nursing Education (CNE):
11


Disclosure
Statement

The planners and speaker(s)/content expert(s)/author(s) for this
activity have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations
to disclose.

Criteria for
Completion

Successful completion of this learning activity requires
attendance for entirety of the program.

11 Contact Hours have been awarded for the following the
activity

Joint Provider of this activity is Northwestern University
School of Professional Studies — The Office of Professional
Development Programs.

Northwestern Medicine is accredited as a provider of Nursing
Continuing Professional Development by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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Risk Management (On Campus) <> PROJ_PMI 315-0

You are the project manager for a multi-million dollar project,
and there can be no mistakes. Your Executive Team is depending on
you to manage successfully! What do you need to do know to assess
risk so you can deliver against stakeholder expectations?

Through this course, students will gain an in-depth
understanding of types of risks that threaten projects and the use
of various techniques for assessing and managing risk and
approaches to reduce project risk. Particular emphasis is placed on
areas of risk identification, analysis, response planning and
monitoring and control. Use of case studies will help illustrate
how risk management is used successfully and will allow the
students to develop practical skills for use in the workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 15 (Technical: 11;
Leadership: 4)

 

Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is required for
login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered
students to be added to the online course platform.

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Risk Management (Online) <> PROJ_PMI 315-DL

You are the project manager for a multi-million dollar project,
and there can be no mistakes. Your Executive Team is depending on
you to manage successfully! What do you need to do know to assess
risk so you can deliver against stakeholder expectations?

Through this course, students will gain an in-depth
understanding of types of risks that threaten projects and the use
of various techniques for assessing and managing risk and
approaches to reduce project risk. Particular emphasis is placed on
areas of risk identification, analysis, response planning and
monitoring and control. Use of case studies will help illustrate
how risk management is used successfully and will allow the
students to develop practical skills for use in the workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 15 (Technical: 11;
Leadership: 4)

 

Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is
required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for
registered students to be added to the online course platform.

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Practical Project Planning (On Campus) <> PROJ_PMI 345-0

The effective project manager is able to create an effective set
of project plans that communicate the work, assignments,
decision-making flows, and risks to the project sponsor,
stakeholders, and team members. These plans must be at the level
appropriate to manage the risk of the project, and at the same time
be understandable by the project team, and easy-to-maintain as the
project progresses. During this three-day workshop, designed for
project managers, you will complete a comprehensive set of project
plans, learning and applying practical techniques. Using hands-on
activities, case studies, and your own projects, you will improve
your capabilities completing the project charter, the project
participation matrix, communication plan, and risk management plan.
You will also learn practical techniques for establishing project
ground rules, meeting cadences, and collaboration tools.

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 16 (Technical: 12;
Leadership: 2; Strategic: 2)

 

Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is required for
login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered
students to be added to the online course platform.

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Practical Project Planning (Online) <> PROJ_PMI 345-DL

The effective project manager is able to create an effective set
of project plans that communicate the work, assignments,
decision-making flows, and risks to the project sponsor,
stakeholders, and team members. These plans must be at the level
appropriate to manage the risk of the project, and at the same time
be understandable by the project team, and easy-to-maintain as the
project progresses.

During this 6-week workshop, designed for project managers, you
will complete a comprehensive set of project plans, learning and
applying practical techniques. Using hands-on activities, case
studies, and your own projects, you will improve your planning
capabilities and:

  • Document the project charter, scope definition, deliverables,
    and milestones
  • Define resource requirements and build the project
    participation matrix
  • Build a schedule based on accurate resource availability
  • Create a communication plan that utilizes effective meeting
    cadences
  • Conduct a risk assessment and complete risk response plans
  • Establish project standards and transition to project
    execution

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 16 (Technical: 12;
Leadership: 2; Strategic: 2)

Course materials:

  • Project Management from Start to Finish, 1st
    Edition.
    Barnes, Lisa-Ann. Access Alliance for
    Education, 2020. ISBN: 9781685649494

Students may purchase these books from any retailer where they
are available, in any format. Additional course materials will be
provided via the online course site.


Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is required for
login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered
students to be added to the online course platform.

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Leading and Coaching Agile Teams <> PROJ_PMI 350-0

Agile frameworks empower teams with flexible tools to manage
timelines, deliverables and budgets, and still meet stakeholder
needs. This overview course will provide leaders and coaches
insights into how to support Agile teams. Participants will learn
the mindset, culture, values, and principles that make Agile
techniques work. They will also learn some of the key differences
between traditional and Agile approaches. Finally, participants
will learn and practice the key leadership and coaching skills
needed to provide an environment for Agile teams to thrive.

 

This course uses “experiential learning”, meaning that students
will learn new skills and practice them in the course. Students
will use exercises and case studies to gain hands-on experience
with various Agile techniques and leadership tools.

 

Please note: This class is best suited for
individuals who have some experience working in teams.

 

Total PDUs: 14 (Technical: 7; Leadership: 7)

 

Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is required for
login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered
students to be added to the online course platform.

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Agile Estimating and Planning <> PROJ_PMI 360-0

As Agile methods and tools continue to grow in popularity,
people are interested in how to leverage Agile to improve their
projects. Contrary to what some people think, planning in Agile
projects is more rigorous and disciplined than it is in traditional
projects. The purpose of this course is to provide project
managers, Scrum Masters, product owners, functional managers and
Agile team members with an in-depth understanding of how to plan
for Agile projects.

 

Agile estimating and planning helps to get a project off on
solid footing. Working together in teams, participants will select
a product to use for their case study and will apply the planning
and estimation techniques for the course on that product.

 

Planning for Agile projects starts with the big picture of
product roadmaps and release plans, and drills down into the work
that an Agile team will do within an iteration. Participants will
learn how to plan for iterative and incremental solution
development, and how to address change in a plan.

 

The course also looks at the two types of estimates used on
Agile projects, relative estimates in story points and absolute
estimates in ideal days. Participants will learn when to use each
of these, and how to include the entire team for more accurate
estimates that team members will support.

 

Please note: This course will be helpful to
those who are familiar with estimating and planning traditional
projects or who have an agile background but want additional detail
on how to effectively plan agile projects. This course is
not recommended as an elective for those in the
Essentials of Project Management track

This course qualifies as education contact hours for the
Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner
(PMI-ACP) exam. Note that in order to sit for the PMI-ACP® exam,
students must meet additional requirements set forth by PMI that
can be found on their website.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 14 (Technical:
14)

 

Registered students can access their online course site
here. An activated NetID and password is required for
login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered
students to be added to the online course platform.

View PROJ_PMI 360-0 Sections