Valerie M. Grubb
TITLE OF SESSION
Keeping the Peace & Spreading the Love: Project Management Tools for Leading Company-Wide Objectives
1. The essentials of Project Management: In-depth analysis of pre-project planning; identifying goals, deliverables and requirements (even while constantly shifting); creating a work breakdown structure illustrating what needs to be accomplished, in what
2. Defining deliverables in financial terms your senior leaders care about (and will actually pay attention to).
3. Easy to implement Project Management tools to help you plan for and manage cross-company projects including Gap and SWOT analyses, Fishbone diagrams, Goal Breakdown Structure diagrams, RACI matrix and several types of Gantt charts.
Managing projects can be challenging, especially if they span multiple divisions, time zones and countries. Done wrong, it can destroy careers (and companies!). Done right, it can garner you a "seat at the table." From global outsourcing to workplace analytics to leading company-wide change management initiatives, the HR executive has the unique opportunity to spearhead projects that can directly impact the company's bottom line. To do so though requires your Project Management skills to be in peak performance and constantly at the ready.
This highly interactive session will prepare you to lead by providing in-depth, step-by-step instructions and tools to 1) Plan for Success, 2) Manage and Execute Projects big or small, 3) Deliver Results all while 4) meeting Budget and Schedule Deadlines.
Topics covered include:
- The essentials of Project Management: In-depth analysis of pre-project planning; identifying goals, deliverables and requirements (even while constantly shifting); creating a work breakdown structure illustrating what needs to be accomplished, in what order and by when; developing comprehensive time and costs estimates that fit within your organization's financial objectives; and targeting your messages to influence key stakeholders and gain their support for your project.
- Defining deliverables in financial terms your senior leaders care about (and will actually pay attention to).
- Developing metrics to determine the best employees to include on your project team including how to organize and inventory skills, knowledge, personality and previous experience to meet the goals defined in your project scope document.
- Conducting comprehensive risk probability vs. impact analysis to determine the likeliest causes for your project to become derailed and how to plan for and overcome those challenges (and any subsequent delays to your project).
- Easy-to-implement Project Management tools to help you plan for and manage your project including Gap and SWOT analyses, Fishbone (Cause & Effect) diagrams, Goal Breakdown Structure diagram, RACI matrix and several types of Gantt charts.
- Potential software tools that can help you get organized and track your project including Microsoft Project and/or Excel, Mind-Mapping software, SharePoint, Smartsheet and Basecamp to name a few.
Valerie M. Grubb is the Principal of Val Grubb & Associates Ltd. which she founded after holding a succession of leadership roles within major corporations including NBC Universal, Oxygen Media, InterActiveCorp (IAC) and Rolls-Royce, plc. She is an innovative and visionary operations leader with an exceptional ability to zero in on the systems, processes, and human capital issues that can hamper a company's growth. Val regularly consults for start-ups wishing to expand and mid-range companies seeking efficiencies in back-office operations. Her expertise and vibrant style are also in constant demand for executive coaching and corporate training.
Valerie graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University and obtained her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She remains highly involved with the Kelley School as an active member of the Dean's Advisory Council. She also serves on the Board of the New Orleans Film Society. Valerie's first book, Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel (Greenleaf, October 2015), chronicles her experiences traveling with her octogenarian Mom and her second book entitled Clash of the Generations: Managing in the New Workplace Reality (Wiley, October 2016) offers direction to new and seasoned managers on how to motivate and engage four generations in the office.