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Project Management Executive Sponsor Workshop
Project Management
Description
In the first part of this workshop we clarify the Executive Sponsor’s role and responsibilities within a high performance project management framework, with the goal of providing the most effect support to projects and project managers within the organization.

In the second part of this workshop we facilitate discussions within the group to examine the opportunities and benefits of improving organizational competency (structure, process, governance) in Project Management, and identify actionable next steps toward the most promising opportunities.
 
Audience
Executive Sponsors in organizations developing or practicing formal Project Management methods.
 
Length
5 hours
 
Preparation
Review the following questions and come prepared to add your ideas to the workshop discussions and facilitated session:
  • What are the projects in your area? 
  • What is going well with respect to these projects?
  • Which projects have the biggest challenges and what are they?
Outline 
Introductions (30 minutes): 
Each participant will introduce him or herself and describe the major projects and challenges in their area.  We will create a list of major projects as part of this introduction.These introductions provide input for the later discussion on key issues with respect to sponsoring multiple projects within your organization.
 
Project Management Framework and the Role of the Sponsors (90 minutes): 
This is the informational part of the workshop.  We will cover what Executive Sponsors need to know about standard project management definitions and processes. This allows Sponsors to more effectively support projects and accomplish business objectives. We will also begin a discussion on key issues for executives sponsoring multiple projects in their area. 
 
Facilitated Session (3 hours):
 Through facilitated group discussion and exercises, we will explore current project management dynamics within the organization and identify opportunities for utilizing Project and Program Management best practices at an organizational level.  This session will concludes with the identification of actionable next steps needed to improve organizational competency in Project Management.
    
Outcomes
  • Clear understanding of actions that will support Project Managers, and ensure that the Project Management trainings will are utilized effectively.
  • Analysis of the current situation and determination of realistic and actionable next steps toward improving organizational competency in Project Management.

Facilitators
The lead facilitator, MS, PMP is a project management consultant and trainer specializing in practical management processes for technology projects. She has more than 25 years of experience in both the technical and management aspects of software projects and has implemented software project management processes and training for leading computer software and hardware manufacturers as well as government organizations.

She has led cross-functional project teams to accomplish information technology strategic planning, requirements definition, business case analysis, feasibility studies, and software development. As a project management consultant, she implemented practical project management best practices and scalable software development methodologies for her clients.  She has been preparing students to take the PMP Certification Exam since 2003.
 
The Co-facilitator lectures at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and possesses over 30 years of leadership experience in the employee and organization development, management consulting, private equity and technology industries.

He has a deep knowledge of and keen appreciation for career development and the skills necessary to succeed at every career stage. He is a highly skilled executive, facilitator, and coach. He leverages his experience and broad professional network to help Mentor’s clients meet their personal, group, and organizational development objectives.