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Project Management for Managers/Executives

William J. Scott, P.E.

To survive in the twenty-first century, organizations had to become lean, flexible, innovative, and customer driven. Most had to reengineer their business processes. They had to abandon antiquated ideas about how organizations should be structured and managed. They had to rethink not just how to do things faster, better, and more economical, but whether to do them at all!

Project teams are expected to complete critical, complex undertakings on time, within budget, and according to both internal and external customer needs and expectations.

Over and over, we have heard our students comment that their jobs were made harder because "upper management" did not understand project management. The very people who appointed the project managers did not know what was involved in establishing multi-functional project teams and working within a matrix. The concept of empowerment was foreign to them and they found it difficult not to meddle in the day-to-day business of managing projects.

Because leadership requires the ability to influence others toward achievement of a shared goal, managers/executives who seek to supervise project managers most effectively, need to understand how project management really works. They need to understand the challenges, frustrations, and the opportunities project managers deal with on a daily basis.

This course gives managers/executives the working knowledge of the project management process they need. It enables them to speak the language, understand the issues, and make informed judgments concerning projects that are essential to the overall success of their organization.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

* This course is acceptable to all the state PE boards except the New York State PE & PLS Board.

* If you are a registered professional land surveyor in Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas or Vermont, you need to take the approved courses for that specific state under the course category "Surveying & Mapping".

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.