Course E: Survival kit for leading projects from a distance

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Proven practices for managing virtual projects and teams

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Course vision
Both small and large companies have come to realize they need to utilize global resources and the benefits/competitive edges this gives in order to stay competitive. The global resource pool is enormous compared to the local one, and the availability of skills likewise.
Thus, as a Project Manager you must be able to work this way to survive as a business (for your company) and with your projects.

The key challenge for project managers is how to make a team effectively and productively work together at multiple locations. What should team members do themselves and what needs to be managed and controlled by the project manager?

Global projects and the technologies used are changing at a rapid pace. It is not good enough just to look at good practices from the current situation. In order to build the Project Manager’s survival skills we also have a challenging and forward-looking discussion on what the future of project management may look like.

Training method
This course will be interactive, a survival experience with many opportunities to interact, test your skills and share experience. A case study of a real project will provide the framework for learning. If needed, tools will be used to capture the essence and highlight the problems of collaboration over distance. Participants will improve their skills and build a personal survival kit to go home well equipped for future assignments.

In addition we aim to work with the group to explore the future development of global or multi location project management so you gain insight into your personal areas for future development.


Training objectives

As a participant you will learn to:

  1. Understand your role in building and maintaining the project team
  2. Build trust, resolve conflicts and inspire remote teams
  3. Apply practical cultural knowledge to overcome barriers and avoid the early pitfalls
  4. Select and use the appropriate means and strategy for communication
  5. Direct the actual work effort and control the outcome of work performed elsewhere
  6. Use effective methods in dealing with uncertainty and risks
  7. Make difficult decisions with limited information
  8. Develop a leaning attitude in teams operating under stress

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Henk Bellinga

Managing Director
Advitec Consulting,
The Netherlands

Guest speaker:

ea-Pia-NevePia Barner Neve

Senior Project Manager,
Novo Nordisk,