I.S.P.  

information
systems
planning corp.
5361 Malaspina Place
North Vancouver
B.C.V7R 4L9
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Project Management methods and tools

Plan to succeed with project management. Planning reduces future uncertainty. Plans communicate a vision of how to meet objectives. During planning, the project manager thinks through the sequence of work packages to produce the results to help clients reach objectives.

Planning reduces schedule time and cost while improving quality, reliability and performance. Planning provides the opportunity to select superior alternatives. Planning improves project team organization and reduces the waste of resources.

ISP customizes Microsoft Project to build Project Management Information Systems (PMIS) for clients to help them complete projects successfully. ISP provides project planning, project management training, information systems design, facilitation and consulting plus powerful tools that make a difference since 1979.

ISP provides an online consulting, training and support service. Learn Microsoft Project from your workstation at your own pace. Get expert assistance to overcome your planning challenges.

Project Management Guidelines

I.S.P. consulting services

  1. Project Management training.
  2. Microsoft Project training and coaching for project managers.
  3. Facilitating Strategic Planning sessions.
  4. Process mapping and improvement.
  5. Coaching project managers and teams.
  6. Deploying project management with Microsoft Project in an organization
  7. Build project management information systems
  8. Customizing Microsoft Project.
  9. Deploying Project Server and Web Access.
  10. Planning and managing Projects.
  11. Rescuing projects in trouble.

Project activities

  • Initiate projects
  • Define client needs
  • Design architecture
  • Detailed engineering design
  • Procure services and materials
  • Construct solutions
  • Quality assurance
  • Acceptance testing
  • Deployment at client site
  • Operation
  • Support
  • Maintenance
  • Decommissioning

Project management tools that make a difference

  • Planning Projects.
  • Turbo brainstorming.
  • Team planning sessions
  • Concurrent documentation.
  • Cost-benefit analysis.
  • Process mapping and improvement.
  • JAD - joint application design sessions.
  • Microsoft Project.
  • Project Server with Web Access
  • Coaching project managers and teams.
  • Zero-based budgeting.
Microsoft Project Tips and Tricks
  1. Create a plan from scratch.
  2. Building a plan with a template
  3. Standardize resource definitions
  4. Assigning resources to tasks
  5. Get calendars and time-conversion factors right.
  6. Define deadlines for each task.
  7. Let Microsoft Project calculate task start dates.

Project manager activities

Project management
roles & responsibilities
  • Sponsor
  • Champion
  • Stakeholders
  • Project management office
  • Project manager
  • Project assistant
  • Subject-matter experts
  • Business Analyst
  • Architect
  • Designer
  • Developer
  • Engineers
  • Facilitator
  • Quality assurance
  • Resource manager
  • Supplier
  • Technical writers
  • Trades
  • Trainers

About Brian Mullen, M.Sc., president of I.S.P. information systems planning corp.

ISP ensures project success through proven methods and tools. We learn from the best practices of leading organizations and continuously improve of methods. Training introduces these strategies to an organization. Coaching speeds their adoption. Brainstorming stimulates thinking and unlocks people’s creativity throughout all project phases and activities.

Concurrent documentation supports communication and helps decisions stick. The ISP project management course materials now include a thousand pages of course material.

ISP offers a wide variety of in-house training courses to clients. The most popular are Project Management and Microsoft Project. You can see a detailed agenda for each course by clicking on the course name in the table below:

I.S.P. training and courses
Course NameCourse Learning objectivesCourse Contents
Project Management
8 day program at University of B.C.
2 to 6 days
  1. Evaluate feasibility
  2. Improve project planning skills
  3. Speed project delivery with better planning
  4. Acquire team building skills
  5. Appreciate importance of strategy in planning
  6. Build realistic schedules
  7. Prepare client organizations for deployment
  • Project Initiation - Lay foundations for success
  • Specifications
  • Requirements
  • Designing innovative solutions
  • Procurement Activities
  • Estimating Work effort and Cost
  • Building high-performance teams to fast track projects
  • Managing resources over multiple projects
  • Communicating to Clients and Management
  • Deploying Project Management in your organization
Microsoft Project
  1. Build project plans with planning software.
  2. Define roles and responsibilities
  3. Use plans effectively as a communication tool.
  4. Track progress against the plan.
  5. Manage costs against budget
  6. Analyze workloads
  • Plan to succeed with Project Management
  • Create detailed plan for next phase with team planning sessions Schedule tasks with critical path scheduling
  • Define resources with shared resource pool
  • Assign resources to tasks
  • Level resource workload
  • Manage activity completion
Microsoft Project Server with Web Access
  1. Standardize resource definitions with enterprise resource pool
  2. Centralize project data for reporting and security
  3. Protect project data
  4. Share project data over the internet
  5. Reduce overhead to manage custom  objects especially custom fields.
  6. Capture timesheets from team.
  7. Manage resource workloads.
  • Installing Project server
  • Managing enterprise features with Web Access
  • Setup OLAP Analysis process
  • Database tables in Project Server
  • Define resources in Enterprise resource pool. Build project plans with Project Professional
  • Allocate resources to projects with Resource Manager
  • Manage updates from web clients
  • Analyze resource usage with Portfolio Manager
  • Manage project issues with Sharepoint
Business Process Improvement
  1. Improve customer satisfaction
  2. Design innovative products
  3. Speed business processes
  4. Reduce process costs
  5. Empower employees
  • Understand the reengineering methodology
  • Mobilize organization for reengineering
  • Build high-performance teams
  • Launch the BPR project
  • Map business processes
  • Generate innovative alternatives
  • Design improved business processes
  • Develop reengineered systems
Information Engineering and Database Systems
  1. Support Business enterprise effectively
  2. Build flexible database designs
  3. Simplify data architectures
  4. Avoid data design tragedies
  5. Create re-usable data structures
  6. Reduce cost of building software.
  7. Reduce time to build software.
  • Model business enterprise
  • Define information requirements with data analysis
  • Catalog data objects with repository
  • Create Entity relationship model
  • Normalize data structures
  • Generalize subtypes to super types 
  • Map object oriented systems onto relational databases
  • Analyze object life cycles
  • Generalize Events and transition tables
  • Define generalized, application-independent, re-usable data structures
  • Financial database design
  • Data element design
  • Reduce database size with common code file.
  • Create relational databases
Accelerate everything with Turbo brainstorming
  1. Build high-performance teams to fast track projects.
  2. Communicate more clearly with clients, team and management.
  3. Speed JAD sessions with Turbo brainstorming.
  4. Design better products - Harness your teams ideas and creativity.
  5. Reduce wasted time in meetings by 60%.
  6. Solve problems faster.
  7. Generate creative solutions to challenges.
  • Process Ideas - where brainstorming fits in.
  • Turbo brainstorming process.
  • Facilitating brainstorming sessions.
  • Concurrent brainstorming.
  • Brainstorm a single topic.
  • Impact Analysis.
  • Brainstorming patterns.
  • Solving problems.
Systems Analysis
  1. Define client requirements as a foundation for design, development, change management, testing and success.
  2. Increase client commitment
  3. Reduce specification effort
  4. Speed systems analysis
  5. Analyze alternative proposals
  6. Generate feedback 
  7. Lay foundations for deployment
  • Introduce requirements definition methodology
  • Conduct system feasibility study
  • Clarify client objectives
  • Document system requirements with JAD sessions
  • Specify system components
  • Reengineer the business system
  • Design support information system
  • Implement new system
Web Design
  1. Share information over the web
  2. Create personal web page
  3. Post the web page to a host server
  4. Enhance your web page with styles
  5. Collect feed back from visitors
  • Design personal web page
  • Markup web page content
  • Organize web page with lists and tables
  • Format web page with style sheets
  • Capture data from visitors with forms

Click here List of Recommended books on Project Management, Team Building, Estimating, Software Development methodologies, requirements definition, and Microsoft Project.

  I.S.P.  

information
systems
planning corp.
5361 Malaspina Place
North Vancouver
B.C.V7R 4L9

Copyright Feb. 7, 2005 Brian Mullen, I.S.P. information systems planning corp.
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Last updated: October 27, 2005