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Vijay K. Verma, PMP, MBA, P. Eng. is the author of a Three Volume Series on The Human Aspects of Project Management published by The Project Management Institute (PMI). Based on his vast knowledge and experiences, he offers a wide range of seminars and workshops to help build high performance teams within your organization. His workshops and seminars are offered in many corporate training programs, or through a dedicated session at your organization. Please enquire with Vijay Verma.

Below is a list of his current workshops and seminars. Click on any of the topics to find out more!

Vijay has presented several seminars on Project Management for various organizations. Based on over twenty years of project management experience, he feels that many projects fail due to human reasons rather than technical reasons. Consequently, he got very interested in the human aspects of project management and did extensive research and authored three books in this area that have been published by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Recently, he was awarded the 1999 PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature award (for my third book- "Managing the Project Team") and the 1999 PMI Distinguished Contribution award.

Leadership, Power, Influence, Politics and Negotiations in Project Management
Ignoring the external and internal politics surrounding your project can be hazardous. Successful project managers understand the importance of managing stakeholders through influence and negotiation. Uncover ways to manage politics at the project and upper management levels while learning practical guidelines for successful negotiations. You will improve and refine your leadership skills and discover techniques for increasing your overall power.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is appropriate for anyone - at all experience levels - who needs to lead projects, manage stakeholders, build relationships, negotiate successfully, and work with others to achieve results while minimizing unwanted surprises.

You Will Benefit
Develop and enhance the contributions you make to your organization by being able to:

Your Seminar Experience Will Cover

  • Leadership - Traits and Principles; Team Leadership; Practical Strategies to Enhance your Leadership Skills.
  • Project Leadership - Leader vs Manager; Leadership and the Project Life Cycle.
  • Power and Influence - Sources of power; Project Manager and Power; Strategies to Increase your Total Power.
  • Politics in Project Management - Managing politics at the project level and at the upper management level; Analyzing your political landscape; Managing Project Stakeholders by Enhancing Trust and Agreement.
  • Negotiating - effective methods of negotiating; impact of culture on negotiation.
  • Practical Guidelines for Negotiating - communication skills to achieve win/win solutions; focusing on interests, not positions, and generating mutually beneficial options.

Instructional Methods include small-group activities, skills practices, case studies, lecture, role playing exercises, diagnostic questionnaires, and group discussion.

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Leadership, Power, Influence, and Politics in Project Management
Ignoring the external and internal politics surrounding your project can be hazardous. The more power you have, the better you are able to get the job done. Most project managers have enormous responsibility but not enough formal authority. Successful project managers understand the need to evaluate power and political dynamics and the importance of managing stakeholders through leadership and influence. Analyze the political context in your organizations and learn how to convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies. Uncover ways to manage politics at the project and upper management levels. You'll evaluate, improve and refine your leadership skills and discover methods for increasing your total power.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is appropriate for anyone - at all experience levels - who needs to lead projects, manage stakeholders, build relationships, negotiate successfully and work with others to achieve results while minimizing unwanted surprises.

You Will Benefit
Develop and enhance the contributions you make to your organization by being able to:

Your Seminar Experience Will Cover

  1. Power and Influence - Sources of power; project manager and power; evaluate your power level, and develop strategies to increase your total power
  2. Politics in Project Management - Analysis of political behaviors of project stakeholders and political context in your organization; strategies to convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies; and managing politics at the project level and at the upper management level.
  3. Project Leadership - Leader versus manager; leadership and the project life cycle.
  4. Team Leadership - Traits and principles of team leadership; strategies to improve your leadership skills, impact of culture on leadership, communications and teamwork

Instructional Methods: Include small group activities, skill practices, case studies, lectures, diagnostic questionnaires and facilitated group discussions.

Credits Offered: CEU Credit (3 Days- 2.1 CEU's); PDU Credit (3 Days- 21 PDU's)

PMBOK GUIDE AREAS COVERED: Communications Management and Human Resources Management, Project Integration

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Effective Human Resource Management in Project Environments
People are the backbone of projects and ultimately your most important resource. To survive in a project environment, project managers must learn and use appropriate human skills to organize, communicate, motivate, negotiate, manage conflicts, and lead effectively. How do you organize a project for success by making the matrix structures work? What turns people ON and OFF? How do you negotiate and resolve an interpersonal conflict that is threatening your entire project? How do you build high performance teams and manage cross-cultural issues? In This module, discover and practice the techniques to achieve the most from your human resources by building effective teams, creating a motivational environment, and resolving conflicts in a project environment.

Who Should Attend
This seminar is appropriate for anyone - at all experience levels - who needs to communicate effectively, resolve project conflicts, build relationships, and work with others to achieve results.

Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

You Will Benefit:
Upon completion of this course, you will recognize that people make or break the projects. You will learn many concepts and practical tips for effective communication, negotiation and conflict management to motivate and lead your multi cultural and global project team members and optimize their overall performance.

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Influencing Without Authority
The more power you have, the better you are able to get the job done. Ignoring the external and internal politics surrounding your project can be hazardous. Most project managers have enormous responsibility but not enough formal authority. They cannot succeed without the proper understanding of power and how to use it effectively. Successful project managers recognize the need to evaluate power and political dynamics and the importance of managing stakeholders through influence. Identify eight forms of power and evaluate your own power level. Improve and refine your skills and discover methods for increasing your total power. Analyze the political landscape in your organizations and learn how to convert your adversaries into your allies. Uncover ways to manage politics at the project and upper management levels while learning practical guidelines for successfully influencing without formal authority.

Who Should Attend
This presentation is appropriate for anyone - at all experience levels - who needs to lead projects, manage stakeholders, build relationships, negotiate successfully and work with others to achieve results while minimizing unwanted surprises.

You Will Benefit
Develop and enhance the contributions you make to your organization by being able to:

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Managing Project Conflict through Effective Communication and Motivation
People are the backbone of projects and ultimately your most important resource. To survive in a project environment, project managers must learn and use appropriate human relation skills to effectively communicate, motivate, and inspire as well as manage inevitable conflict. What turns people ON and OFF? How do you resolve an interpersonal conflict that is threatening your entire project? Discover and practice the techniques for creating a motivational environment and resolving conflict in a project environment.

Who Should Attend
This seminar is appropriate for anyone - at all experience levels - who needs to communicate effectively, resolve project conflicts, build relationships, and work with others to achieve results.

You Will Benefit
Develop and enhance the contributions you make to your organization by being able to:

Your Seminar Experience Will Cover

  • Communication - task and relationship openness for communication styles and their relationships to the project life cycle.
  • Effective Listening - verbal and non-verbal behaviors; role of perception in gaining understanding among project participants.
  • Motivation - theory and practice; motivation and project management; guidelines for motivating project participants.
  • Understanding Conflicts - three views of conflict; reasons for project conflicts; conflict versus performance.
  • Managing Conflict - pros and cons of various conflict management techniques; choosing the best conflict resolution approach.
  • Practical Guidelines for Managing Conflicts in a Project - preparing for, facing and resolving the conflict.

Instructional Methods include small-group activities, role playing exercises, practices, case studies, lecture, and group discussions.

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Project Planning and Scheduling
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Delivering projects on schedule is one of the biggest challenges of most project managers because planning and scheduling issues lead to most conflicts throughout the project life cycle. Preparing a plan that is practical, feasible, and acceptable by all stakeholders is an art. Developing workable schedules to implement the plan and then keeping the project on track is a real challenge. Many organizations fail to plan properly they feel that planning wastes too much time. This module will deal with the fundamentals of project planning and scheduling along with good practices and tips.

Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

You Will Benefit:
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to understand and apply various tools and techniques to develop, analyze, and monitor schedules to ensure timely completion of your projects.

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Create and Maintain Outstanding Project Team Performance
Prepare to meet the challenges of the 21st century by creating quality driven teams. When high performance requires multiple skills and experiences, nothing is more vital than a project team empowered to succeed. Understanding the applying appropriate team dynamics will give you the flexibility and speed you need to withstand tough global competition. In this seminar, you'll participate in a team-building process and practice the art of organizing quality-driven project teams. You'll determine the potential effectiveness of empowerment and Self-Directed Teams relative to your unique project environment.

Who Should Attend
This seminar is for Project Managers, Managers of Project Managers, Project Team Members, and Technical Personnel - at all experience levels - who want to build effective project teams and achieve human synergies. It is especially recommended for Project Teams who attend as a group.

You Will Benefit
Development and enhance the contributions you make to your organization by being able to:

Your Seminar Experience Will Cover

  • Stages of Team Development - forming, storming, norming, and performing.
  • Team Dynamics and Effectiveness - team context and goals; team composition and roles of team members; major team issues such as team norms, team cohesiveness, and team leadership.
  • Process of Team Building - eliminating barriers to high performance; gaining team commitment; drivers to effective team building; benefits and outcomes.
  • Organizing the Project Team - setting project goals; creating the team climate and assembling the project team; matching skill and responsibility.
  • Managing Project Teams - coordinating team efforts; developing an effective team communication plan; and developing trust and motivation within the project team.

Instructional Methods include small-group activities, skill practices, case studies, lectures, diagnostic questionnaires, and group discussion.

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