Project Management for Utilities

Project Management for Utilities

November 1-2, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

“Enlightening, educational, and enjoyable. Applicable to any field or discipline.” – Project Director, Bay Wa R. E.
“This was a great introductory course to project management for employees like myself, new to this side of the business. The speaker gave great examples that will allow me to consider all options when needing to utilize the material down the line in my day-to-day activities at work.” – Senior Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric
“I’m excited to bring the strategies I learned at the EUCI training back to my organization!” – Project Engineer, Vecor Limited

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, to 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. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe what is a project 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

    Agenda

    Monday, November 1, 2021 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In and Welcome

    12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Course Timing

    What is a project and why you should 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 and defining success)

    Planning the triple constraints (time, cost, and scope)

      • Scope definition and development of the work break-down structure
      • Schedule development and identification of the critical path
      • Cost estimation

    Group Activity (Defining scope and building a WBS)

     

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Course Timing

    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)

    Managing risks

      • 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

    Workshop

    Agile Project Management

    Wednesday, November 3, 2021 : Central Time

    Overview 

    This workshop will dive into an alternative option to a typical project management execution: Agile Management. After a quick review of traditional Project Management, we will detail how Agile progresses from beginning to end and how this method showcases different leadership styles, engagement, expectations, and overall vision than what Project Managers and their teams might be used to.

    This event will enlighten attendees on when it makes sense to switch to this method of management and why. From initial vision to completion, this workshop will help anyone who is leading or participating in a project understand why this method can be beneficial.

    Learning Objectives

    • Recap the expectations and execution of standard project management
    • Discuss the differences between Agile and Standard and compare the pros and cons
    • Examine the main principles of Agile PM and understand how this helps to complete a successful project
    • Recognize when it makes sense to initiate a project as Standard or Agile

    Who Should Attend 

    To successfully benefit from this workshop, attendees will need to first understand the basics of traditional project management’s structure and goals, whether it’s through professional training or on-the-job experience. Attending the Project Management for Utilities course prior to this workshop is strongly encouraged if you have not attended it (or one of a similar style) in the past.

     

    Agenda

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Workshop Timing

     

    Introduction

    • Review of standard project management
    • Overview of what to expect with Agile and its immediate differences from traditional

    Setting the Stage

    • Vision
    • Building the team
    • Starting in broad directions
    • Building up to targets

    Main Principles

    • Collaborative and supportive environment
    • Flexibility and adaptability throughout the process
    • Prioritizing individuals over tools/contracts

    Leadership Strategies

    • Deciding when to choose Agile vs. Standard
    • Managing your team

    Pros & Cons of Choosing Agile PM

    • Pros
      • Building accountability
      • Encourage diversity and cultural change
      • Client/user engagement
    • Cons
      • Lack of process structure
      • Maintaining collaboration over long-term projects
      • PMs may have some difficulty transitioning to different leadership style

    Transitioning from Standard to Agile

    • Determining project types
    • New leadership style
    • Requires organizational change
    • Team-driven rather than project leader-driven

    Q&A Session

     

    Instructor

    David Tennant, Windward Consulting Group LLC

    David Tennant has successfully directed over $3.5 billion in projects, programs, and resources.  With degrees in engineering and business, he has a unique perspective on projects at both the practitioner and executive levels. His experience includes engineering, operations, marketing, board leadership, consulting, training, and numerous executive roles.

    Mr. Tennant has had projects worldwide and published over 35 articles on technical and managerial topics. His experience includes utilities, manufacturing, services, telecom, R&D, and EPC (engineering) firms. He is a registered professional engineer and certified project manager (PMP).

    Instructor

    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 five 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.  

    Online Delivery

    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.

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
    • 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.

    Register

    Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

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    Event Standard RateAttendees
    Single Connection - Project Management for UtilitiesUS $ 1295.00
    Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 5,180.00
    Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 9,065.00
    Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 15,540.00
    Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
    * all other discounts do not apply to license packs

    This event has the following workshops:

    Agile Project ManagementUS $ 495.00
    Pack of 5 ConnectionsUS $ 1980.00
    Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 3465.00
    Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 5940.00

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    Cancellation Policy

    Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before October 01, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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    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 1.4 CEUs for this course and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

    Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

    Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

    Instructional Methods

    Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and classroom exercises will be used

    Who Should Attend 

    • Managers or supervisors who oversee execution of projects
    • Technical leads or engineers who have been given the responsibility of acting as a project manager
    • Estimators responsible for or contributing to project cost estimates
    • Schedulers responsible for or contributing to project schedule development
    • Project managers who seek to improve their rate of success

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