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This 5-week course is based on the methodology in our book. In fact, tuition includes a copy of the book and all associated forms - plus lot of other handouts.
All classes are one hour long and are recorded in both webinar and audio formats.
Check out the promo video!
This course will cover the most important aspects of project management for small business. It is intended for computer consultants, VARs, and managed service providers. Whether you sell projects on a Time-and-Materials basis or flat fee, it is critical to manage them successfully. Successful projects are more than simply profitable. Successful projects make you look good. They make the client more productive and potentially more profitable. They help you build a positive relationship.
This course is intended for consultants who are new to project management as well as those who have been running projects for years and would like to take a serious step up to a the next level of professionalism and profitability.
This is an intensive teleseminar course over a five week period. All assignments are voluntary, of course. But if you want feedback on assignments, please complete assignments during this course and email them to the instructor.
Topics to be presented include:
Different kinds of project management; What’s best for this job?
Tools to Use for managing your projects
Documentation at all stages
The Discovery Process
Documentation and Communication
After the Project
Checklists of all kinds
Project Planning, Quoting, and Selling
Why Projects Go Wrong
The Scope is Everything
Closed Loop Project Management
How an Ant Eats an Elephant
Managing Projects in Your PSA
The Evaluation Process
Managing Time / Managing Employees
Creating Repeatable, Successful Projects
Building an Action Plan that works
Overview of the Course
Week One: Introduction / Setting the Stage
Week Two: Project Planning, Quoting, Selling
Week Three: Closed Loop Execution
Week Four: Repeatable Success
Week Five: Implementing Your PM Process
Includes five weeks of teleclasses with related handouts, assignments, and "office hours" with the instructor.
This course is intended for business owners and managers. It is particularly useful for the Service Manager or Operations Manager.
This four-volume set is the definitive guide to Managed Services. From the front office to the tech department, we cover it all. Every computer consultant, every managed service provider, every technical consulting company - every successful business - needs SOPs!
When you document your processes and procedures, you design a way for your company to have repeatable success. And as you fine-tune those processes and procedures, you become more successful, more efficient, and more profitable. The way you do everything is your brand.
How to Deliver Successful, Profitable Projects on Time with Your Small Business Clients
Small Business project management is simply not as complicated as project management in the enterprise. But small business projects have the same challenges as enterprise projects: They need to achieve their goals effectively, on time, and within budget.
They also face the same primary challenge – staying inside the scope of the project!
This great little book provides a simple process project planning and management process that is easy to learn and easy to teach to your employees, fellow technicians, and sub-contractors. You’ll learn to track any project, explain all the stages to clients and employees, and verify that everything is completed on time and under budget.
The authors show you a great technique for making sure that scope creep is a thing of the past! Make every project a successful and profitable project!
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