Project Management for Utilities
May 20-21, 2020 | Online :: Central Time
This is an Online Course. In lieu of recent developments with COVID-19, for the health and safety of our speakers and attendees, we have decided to move many of our events to Online Courses.
Whether you are a project manager by title or you were just given the responsibility of managing a project from beginning to end, this course will provide the knowledge and skills to help you be successful in that role. The course will cover a typical project management lifecycle from initiation to planning, to execution and control, and closing. It provides a general understanding of key processes in each of these stages as they may be utilized in managing projects in any industry, while offering examples that demonstrate their application in managing projects in the energy/utility space.
This course will enable you to achieve consistent success in your projects by covering both the art and science of project management. There will be a discussion of tools and techniques but also how to make sure you understand what success looks like in your stakeholder’s eyes and how to lead the team to turn that vision into reality.
- Describe what a project is and how it is different than operational work
- Review the triple constraints
- Develop a project charter
- Organize project work using work break-down structures
- Create a project schedule
- Identify and manage critical paths
- Discuss the pitfalls of not having the right level of rigor or proper scheduling tools
- Address top down vs. bottom-up planning approaches
- Create a project cost estimate and define proper levels of cost breakdown and tracking
- Review components of a communication plan, how to formulate key messages, how to choose appropriate communication methods and how to ensure proper execution of your plan
- Identify key stakeholders and their interest in the project
- Utilize stakeholder analysis to manage expectations, resolve conflicts and gain stakeholder support for success of your project
- Identify, analyze and manage project risks
- Describe different types of risk response and when to use each
- Review the monitoring and control processes
- Establish proper tracking and status reporting
- Discuss the close out process and activities that take place in that phase
EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.3 CEUs for this event.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
You must be logged in for the entire presentation and send in the evaluation after the online course is completed.
Case Studies and Powerpoints will be used for all learning outcomes
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Login
9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break
What is a Project and Why Should You Care?
- What is a project and what is not
- Typical project lifecycle
- Who is who and what are their responsibilities
Defining and Initiating a Project
- Defining objectives
- Identifying triple constraints
- Chartering and initiating
Group Activity (formulating objectives, defining success)
Planning the Triple Constraints (Time, Cost, Scope)
- Scope definition, development of the work break-down structure
- Schedule development, identification of the critical path
- Cost estimation
Group Activity (Defining scope and building a WBS)
Thursday, May 21, 2020
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break
Managing Stakeholders and Communications
- Identifying and analyzing stakeholders
- Developing a stakeholder management and communication plan
Group Activity (Identifying stakeholders and developing strategies to manage them)
- Identifying and analyzing risks
- Developing a risk management plan
Group Activity (Building a Risk Management Plan)
Executing the Plans and Staying On Track
- On-going monitoring and control
- Tracking and status reporting
- Change management
Group Activity (Taking corrective action)
Closing a Project
- Releasing resources
- Closing financials
- Getting final sign-offs
- Capturing lessons learned
Hengameh Pourfakhr, MBA, PgMP, Program Manager, Southern Company
Hengameh Pourfakhr has over 20 years of project and program management experience in the Energy Utility industry, specializing in large, complex, high profile projects and programs. She is currently a program manager at Southern Company, the second largest gas and electric utility company in the U.S., working on divestiture of an operating company affiliate and several generating plants. Her list of past projects includes a multimillion dollar undertaking to upgrade telecom and networking infrastructure at transmission substations across the Southern Company’s territory and a multi-year program to implement Cisco- based VOIP technology at over 600 locations, including power plants, local offices, and operating headquarters across 5 states. She has also led cyber security, insider threat, and information protection programs. Most recently, she managed a project to launch an energy innovation center to bring innovative products and services to customers and led a crowd source ideation project to improve employee safety. She also has experience in start-up of a project office and has a wealth of knowledge in best practices for establishing a project management center of excellence. Hengameh holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MBA from Georgia State University. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has earned her Program Management Certification from PMI.
Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.
We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.
- You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
- Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
- You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
- If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
- The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.