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Professional Development Day - November 2017

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Please join us for a PMI Delaware Valley Chapter Professional Development Day on "The Project Management MBA" One-Day Crash Course! by Gary Heerkens (8 PDUs*)

*3 Strategic, 4 Technical & 1 Leadership PDUs

Topic: Techniques and Processes for Practicing “Business-Savvy” Project Management

In some organizations, the project management discipline is under ever-increasing pressure to demonstrate its value and contribution to the “bottom line”. And in most organizations, project practitioners ask how they can contribute greater value to their organizations from a more personal perspective.

By far, the most effect response to either case is to learn and understand how to apply a variety of methods and tools for “connecting the dots” between projects, project management practices, widely accepted business practices, and their own organization’s practices. Project practitioners must develop their project business-savvy competency in addition to their technical knowledge and leadership capabilities. In this informative, content-intensive seminar.

Who should attend?

Project Managers, Program Managers, PMO Directors, Portfolio Managers, Project Directors, Strategic Managers, Business Unit Managers, IS/IT Managers, Functional Department Managers, Project Coordinators, Project Team Leaders, Key Project Team Members

How will You benefit?

Develop and enhance the contributions you make to your organization by being able to:

  • Make better project decisions, based on a solid understanding of the interface and interaction between the business world and the project world
  • Enhance your contribution, by anticipating what organizations can (or should) expect from projects in terms of business results
  • Develop a personal self-development road map for becoming project business-savvy
  • Calculate key “return on investment” metrics for projects
  • Perform a business-based project risk assessment
  • Prepare a comprehensive and thorough business case document
  • Work with other organizations (such as Business Units) to construct project portfolios

Course Learning Objectives:                    

  • Project Portfolio Categorization
  • Project Business Case Preparation and Management
  • Project Financial Analysis and Financial Justification
  • Integration of Risk and Uncertainty Into a Financial Analysis
  • Proper Treatment of “Soft” (nonfinancial) Benefits
  • Project Prioritization and Ranking
  • Managing the Management Interfaces (behavioral)

Participants will be given the opportunity to receive three useful takeaways:

  • A copy of “The Business-Savvy Project Management Book”
  • Excel spreadsheet applications for performing various project ROI calculations
  • A guideline and template for preparing a comprehensive project business case

Registration Fees*

PMI-DVC Status  

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 *Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, full day presentation, "The Business Savvy Project Manager" print version book, and session workbook.

Group discounts for 4 or more attending from the same company or organization are available. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Springfield Country Club
400 W. Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064

7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Business Session
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Business Session

About the Speaker
Mr. Gary Heerkens is a long-standing provider for Project Management Institute’s (PMI) SeminarsWorld program, and was project management training provider for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.  He is a frequent speaker and training provider at international PM conferences and PMI chapters. 

Gary’s been invited to speak at 16 PMI Global Congresses, as was an “encore presenter” at the 2007 and 2008 Global Congresses. 

Gary has been helping  organizations overcome challenges and deliver value for over sixteen years. He is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his civil and industrial engineering background and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in the business setting and elsewhere.

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Learn about sponsoring a PMI Delaware Valley Chapter Professional Development Day.
For information about sponsoring the Spring PDD, please contact the Marketing Team.

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