PM Hard Skills: Planning

PM Hard Skills: Planning

Planning, requirements, budget!

The course is useful for: PM Hard Skills is your personal mentor for preparing all the necessary documents and artifacts to start your IT project with confidence! After completing the course, you will be able to collect requirements, make a project plan, plan the budget, write P&L, calculate risks, create and work with project documentation for customers, investors, and a team.

June 21

Start of the course

8 online

webinars

4 lectures

as bonus

5 available

experts

June 21
Start of the course
8 online
webinars
4 lectures
as bonus
5 available
experts

Who needs this course?

The course is useful for: PM Hard Skills is your personal mentor for preparing all the necessary documents and artifacts to start your IT project with confidence! After completing the course, you will be able to collect requirements, make a project plan, plan the budget, write P&L, calculate risks, create and work with project documentation for customers, investors, and a team.

Project manager

Project Manager

middle business analyst

Business Analyst

Product manager

Product Manager

Add new skills to your CV:

  • Collect the requirements to start the project.

  • Prepare documentation correctly.

  • Plan, analyze, and control risks.

  • Evaluate projects and identify current constraints.

  • To reduce the calculations error and forecasts to a minimum.

  • Create a budget that will be approved by both customers and superiors.

  • Work on a project with remote teams.

  • Have a template, equipment, and tools for any task.

What will you get?

What will you get?

Add new skills to your CV:

  • Collect the requirements to start the project.
  • Prepare documentation correctly.
  • Plan, analyze, and control risks.
  • Evaluate projects and identify current constraints.
  • To reduce the calculations error and forecasts to a minimum.
  • Create a budget that will be approved by both customers and superiors.
  • Work on a project with remote teams.
  • Have a template, equipment, and tools for any task.

Course program

Basic Techniques for Rapid Requirements Gathering and Analysis

You will learn how to prepare for the first meeting with a client, understand the differences between what the client says and what they mean, be able to work with tools for collecting requirements and figure out how to write understandable requirements.
✓ 3 levels of requirements you need to work with.
✓ Basic techniques for collecting requirements: interviews, focus groups, facilitated workshops.
✓ What kind of meetings should be held with the client depending on the goals you want to achieve?
✓ How to prepare for project planning?
✓ How to write clear requirements?


After the lesson, you will receive these templates: Requirements, Business Case, User stories, Project Brief... We also send a complete list of templates to everyone who leaves a request for a detailed course program.

How to evaluate and plan a project?

You will find out what information you need for peer review and the project schedule. You will learn how to create a realistic buffer for changes in the plan and get all the necessary templates, tools, and examples.

✓ 3 components of the project plan: activities, tasks, resources.
✓ How to evaluate a project realistically?
✓ How to schedule a project?
✓ How to plan buffer and reserve correctly?
✓ What documentation is a must-have for any project?

After the lesson, you will receive examples of Project Management Plan, WBS and Outline, Scope Management Plan, Estimation.

Planning: main phases, tools, work with resources

During the lesson, we will break down your project and discuss how to fit the available resources into it, what tasks you can and should involve subcontractors in, and what performance you should expect from them. You will find out which steps and milestones will help you control the process and adjust work based on risks.

✓ How to manage project communications: types, processes, plan.
✓ Learning to analyze resources: Capacity, Velocity, Load Factor.
✓ How to achieve the desired result from subcontractors.
✓ What is the principle of dividing the project into stages?
✓ How to analyze risks and work with them?
✓ Quality of your future workflow. How to ensure it?
✓ Planning tools: what and how to use?

After the class, you will receive templates of the Communication Management Plan, Gantt charts, Construction Phase Plan, and others.

How to work with risks in IT projects and products?

You will find out what types of risks exist on the projects, what risks can and should be planned, and where it is worth having a buffer in case something goes wrong (and it always does). Let's look at how to plan a project where the unexpected happens and learn how to avoid chaos with new inputs.

✓ The main approaches to risk categorization on a project: when to use which one?
✓ Proactive and reactive risk strategies.
✓ How to create a risk-based budget.
✓ When do risks hide opportunities for a company and how to recognize them?
✓ 4 steps to help you plan and control risks.
✓ How to make a risk matrix.
✓ Learning to assess risks in practice.

After the lesson, you will receive these templates: Risk log solution, Agile Project Risk Register, Risk Management Plan, and others.

How to calculate the budget for an outsourcing company to get profit?

You will understand in which cases a project manager can be responsible for the project budget, what direct and indirect costs an outsourcing company has, how to evaluate a project in terms of budget for the client, team, and management to win.

✓ What levels of access to the budget does the PM have depending on the company.
✓ How to take risks into account when planning a budget for a project.
✓ How to choose the type of project evaluation.
✓ Where do you lose your money?
✓ What does a typical budget structure consist of?

After the lesson, you will receive these templates: Outsource calculator, Cash withdrawal calculator, Salary calculator, and others.

Budget - how to manage project finances?

You will learn how to calculate the budget and figure out how to control it during the execution stage and when to adjust. You will find out what to do with a project when the budget changes, and how you affect the company's profit. Together with a speaker, we will go through the main documents that a PM works with.

✓ Key financial indicators of the project: what affects marginality?
✓ 4 main billing models for projects.
✓ How do PMs work with project finances and margins?
✓ Practice: we analyze all the necessary documents for PM using examples.

In the lesson, you will use templates to analyze the budget calculation and revision, you will find out how to calculate and influence the margin of the project.

Budget - what to do in product startups? (video of the lecture)

You will learn what affects a startup’s budget the most, when it makes sense to start writing code, how to prioritize improvements. You will also find out what financial indicators can be useful before you have found a Product-market fit and how to become an interesting company for investors.

✓ Consider risks: Murphy's laws in product development.
✓ What to do when you have already stepped on a rake?
✓ Roadmap and its relation to the budget.
✓ What should cash flow look like if you need investments?
✓ What are the investors looking for?

How to work with a project in distributed teams

Together with the speaker, you will analyze your current workflow and understand what rules help to control the work in distributed teams. You will learn how to create and maintain a corporate culture, and also enlist practices that have proven their effectiveness within the specifics of the last 2 years.

✓ Pros and cons for a manager.
✓ Work with documentation in a distributed team.
✓ What risks will you face when working remotely.
✓ What a healthy team setup looks like.
✓ Culture in remote teams.

After the lecture, you will find out how to set up a productive workflow for large and small distributed teams.

Presales: development, sales, and business solutions (pre-recorded lecture)

You will find out about all the benefits that a PM gets by working for Presale. We will analyze the main artifacts at this stage, find out what percentage of successful Presales is considered normal, together with the speaker we will go through all the stages of the process and tell you what is expected from a PM at each of them.

✓ How does the presale process work in an outsourcing company and what is the role of a PM in it?
✓ How to select and coordinate the Presales team?
✓ Analysis of the request proposal and understanding the customer's needs.
✓ How to choose the contract type and customer service models?
✓ Why is the Discovery phase needed and how to sell it?
✓ How to write a successful Proposal?
✓ Proposal presentation to a customer and the next steps.

Requirements management organization for a large product using JIRA and Confluence (pre-recorded lecture)

During the lecture, you and the speaker will analyze the case of 20 teams, also, you will work together on requirements. The speaker will help you to find out how to organize a transparent requirements workflow in JIRA and Confluence that you can control and not be afraid to miss something important.

✓ JIRA and Confluence from Tickets+Wiki.
✓ We define the main features in JIRA.
✓ Let's talk about JIRA and Confluence integration.
✓ Learn how to use Confluence for the specification of requirements.
✓ Find out the main risks of using plugins in JIRA and what Vendor Lock is.

RACI model and correct distribution of roles and tasks in the project organization (pre-recorded lecture)

You will be able to evaluate your team and understand what stages of development have blurred areas of responsibility. Also, you will find out how the RACI model helps save you time on communication while engaging the rest of the team and encouraging communication.

✓ Responsibility as a team growth factor.
✓ Matrices analysis and how to improve them.
✓ Practical cases on the distribution of responsibilities in the project implementation.
✓ Versions of the RACI matrix.
✓ How, when, and which one to use.

Visualization techniques for PMs

You will discover the benefits of requirements visualization not only for BA and Product Managers but also for PMs. Together with the speaker, you will analyze 7 visualization techniques that can help you clearly and intelligibly convey goals, plans, and requirements to the client and the team.

✓ Macro visualization: VP, The Past, Present, Future Map.
✓ How to explain the whole system to stakeholders: MindMaps and Spider Maps, Swimlanes, CJM, Emotion Mapping.
✓ How to show to a team expected system behavior: Flowcharts.
✓ Tools to help you visualize requirements.

After the class, you will find out how to apply requirements visualization techniques to your projects and products.

Speakers and Mentors

Анна Лаврова A

Anna Lavrova | Speaker

Agile Coach at Wemanity Belgium

Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist. 10+ years in project management. Has obtained the PM position in Outsource, Outstaff, Product, and Startup companies. Implemented Agile from scratch. Worked with US government projects, launched startups, now mentors startup-incubator 1991. Gives classes on the principle of “learning by doing”.

Александр Крючков A

Alexander Kriuchkov | Speaker

Head of Presale at Avenga

Former Program Manager at Ciklum. 17 years in IT sphere, 14 of which he managed projects and programs of up to 120 people. Specializes in software development outsourcing. He believes that one of the main differences between an experienced PM and a beginner is the ability to influence the margin of the project.

What you’ll get

документация

Project launch

You will find a clear algorithm on how to pass all stages of planning for a successful project launch.

Нужные навыки

Ready-made templates

Dozens of examples of documentation from speakers that simplify and optimize work.

новый подход

5+7 points of view instead of 1

Decades of experience of our speakers and mentors in companies of different domains and sizes will help answer any question on project management.

планирование

Practice

We analyze the examples in the classroom and give 4 home tasks to consolidate the theory.

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Networking

Speakers, mentors, and your fellow students make the best environment for solving any task or problem.

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Risk analysis

We’ll teach you how to plan your activities and budget in a risk-based manner, talk about the pitfalls.

We help with employment

  • Recommendations for improving your resume and portfolio
  • Assistance in creating and improving a cover letter
  • Preparing for an interview and passing test assignments
  • Personal advice on career development
  • Assistance in finding relevant vacancies
  • Internships and special offers from partner companies
  • Recommendation letter from speakers and mentors for the best students
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Installment plan

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Refunds

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FAQ

I’d better practice everything, why do I need the course?

You can really keep practicing at work and expect each new project to bring less stress and difficulties. The downside of this approach is that development is slower than it could be, and it’s going to be hard enough for you to get a promotion because your head managers can’t be sure if you’re able to handle bigger and more ambitious projects.

On this course, you will get a concentrated benefit and dozens of documentation templates that have already shown their effectiveness in the work of our speakers and mentors. You will learn about the most frequent mistakes and ways to avoid them, and will be able to plan and manage projects more confidently. In the end, this is what the management and the customer expect from you.

What level of knowledge is required to get into this course?

In order to get 100% of our course’s benefit, you will need basic experience in Project Management. However, you will be able to gain knowledge even if you’ve only worked for a few months, it will just take more time to learn.

How can I test my knowledge level?

You can register for the course and get a free interview with our consultant. We will give you feedback on your current knowledge level and possible growth areas.

What templates will I get?

Requirements, Business Case, User stories, Project Brief, Project Management Plan, WBS and Outline, Scope Management Plan, Estimation document. Please register and we will send you a complete list of the documentation templates that we issue as additional materials for the course.

Why should I enroll in the course?

If you have to start a project or you are in the process of identifying requirements right now, it may be difficult for you to take into account all the risks. After the PM Hard Skills course, you will understand how to manage a project with all useful documents, foresee what could go wrong, and buffer the changes. 

How is the work within the course organized?

Classes are held in the format of 1.5 hour online webinars where students can ask all their questions. During the learning process, students receive practical tasks. You also get lifetime access to additional course materials and six months of access to class videos.

All students are added to the chat in Telegram where you can always ask for advice and get help.

Can tuition be paid in installments?

Yes, it can be paid in installments. The conditions for splitting payments are discussed individually for each specific case.

What if I don't like the course?

During the first 2 lessons, we will be able to refund your money if the course does not meet your expectations. 2 sessions – it is about free templates, life hacks for collecting requirements, tips for evaluating and planning a project, as well as the experience one of our five speakers will share with you.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, we will issue you a course completion certificate. It will be available online for pinning on LinkedIn. Also, when you complete homework assignments and pass the exam you can get a certificate of honor.

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