Project Management Coaching
Your project team is overwhelmed with problems
Delays and crises are chronic
The scope of your project is ambiguous
Requirements exist in various emails
There are no sound estimates to rely on
Expectations vary with each stakeholder
You know that project management activities could be performed better to avoid these problems. However, taking the team out of their work environment for a multi-day project management class sounds too long.
The Process Group offers onsite coaching on project management skills to ensure that your projects run more smoothly. The coaching sessions result in:
aligned project goals and management expectations
improved accuracy in estimation and scheduling
better approaches to dealing with challenging deadlines
improved communication among project stakeholders
well-informed and engaged project team members
team proficiency using these new skills
Below we list the typical just-in-time project management skills that are deployed during these coaching engagements:
light-weight project plan development
managing requirements and negotiating goals
determining and mitigating risks
formulating more accurate estimates and schedules
negotiating and aligning commitments
measuring progress and refining the plan
communicating project status with management, stakeholders and customers
addressing sticky issues that arise among team members, management and customers
There are two primary objectives of this service. Firstly, to have the project on the right track, and secondly, to leave the team self-sufficient in their new skills.
One coach can support one large project or two small projects at a time. For example, a large project might be 20-100 people. Here we would work with the overall project manager and his/her direct reports. A small project might be 10-15 people. In this case we would work with the entire team. Alternatively we can work with two or three smaller projects in parallel.
A coaching engagement can run from one week to several weeks. Initially, the coaching time would be intense (for example, 4-5 days per week) for a few weeks. After the initial period, this would diminish to 2-3 days per week, based on the need. Long-term, checkups would be provided (for example, 1 day per week).
Coaching is available at a reduced consulting rate for engagements totaling more than 10 days. Contact us for details.
This style of skill delivery can be applied to all Process Group services (e.g., requirements development, supplier management, peer reviews).