Our training process is tested and simple:

  • Define Your Training Needs. We’ll start by working with your course leader (a highly qualified trainer) to gather information and gain insight about your organization.
  • Design Your Program. We’ll use this information to tailor an outline for your training. It will be a practical, comprehensive course that focuses on the skills most important to you. When we’re done, you’ll have the opportunity to review and approve the final outline.
  • Deliver Your Course. The training will be presented at your location – or an off-site location of your choosing – on a convenient date. We’ll use various techniques (critique, small group exercises, assessment instruments etc.) to reinforce the skills we teach.
  • Evaluate The Results. After the training is complete we’ll compile the course evaluations and return them to you and, if needed, make recommendations for ongoing development.
“The topic was negotiation. In practice the sessions turned into much more and included elements of personal and business coaching, observation and motivational speaking.The response from the group was unanimously positive. A lot of ground was covered and a lot digested…”
Windward & Leeward Brewery
“What drew us to TrainersDirect was the quality of their people along with their no-nonsense approach to training our personnel”. “We are very, very pleased with how the trainers have stepped into their roles. I feel that they have done exactly what we expected and anticipated they would do.”
Pepsi Bottling Group
“Best training class I have ever attended in my professional career. The excellence of the course was in large part due to the instructor’s knowledge and professionalism. In addition, the instructor presented the class in an entertaining manner which helped with some of the dryer areas of the curriculum. Great Job! His experience in Project Management is incredible. I will recommend this course to all my peers.”
AIM Funds

Principles of Project Management: The Basics for Success

3-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

Have your employees mastered the necessary project management tools and techniques to ensure yourprojects are completed on time and on budget? If you’re continually taking on additional project responsibilities then you need to ensure that your staff can properly define project requirements, document the project plan and execute each step of the project life-cycle.

Our Principles of Project Management workshop is very interactive, has been developed to support PMI standards and includes a variety of adult learning techniques such as lectures, role-plays, case studies and small group activities.  Thousands have attended this course to acquire the necessary skills to successfully deliver their projects within expected parameters.

Previous project management experience is not necessary to benefit from this course.

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Technical Project Management

3-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

Technical Project Management is for people involved in all forms of development work. When you are working at the edge of knowledge, doing tasks in areas that where company experience is limited, or if you are doing Research and Development, Engineering Development, New Software, Manufacturing Process Development, Scale up, or simply stretching into new areas, this is the seminar for you. When the time needed to do the work is uncertain, we use statistical methods to communicate project risk to management. This seminar helps people get control of development projects.

You Will Discover

The People that grow corporations generally implement new products, processes, and ideas. Their developments grow corporations because they put the company into expanding areas. People working on these projects are often in highly visible positions, and people that play it safe can sit on the sidelines and be critical. By understanding the Technical Project Management Tools and Techniques for these projects, we can change a desperate situation into one that is predictable. The operational word is New. New Products, New Financial Tools, New IT Systems, New Processes, etc. If you and your team are responsible for new developments, this is the seminar for you.

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IT Project Management

3-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

IT Project Teams understand the meaning of time uncertainty. Too often completion dates are imposed on software developers without understanding development time risk. Often objectives are unclear at project start. Getting customers and corporate managers to clearly state what they want can be a Herculean effort. If you develop software, or contribute to the development and management of software teams, this is the seminar for you.

You Will Discover

Why software projects tend to run into the unexpected, not unlike the X Files, and why corporate managers or customers have expectations that are different than what is delivered. When project scope continually changes, or was not nailed down at project start, you will discover why both money and time slip through your fingers. Is this your environment? Well then, it’s time to give your team the Project Management Training they need to effectively plan and communicate software projects to managers and customers. This seminar will show participants how to properly plan, schedule, and control IT development projects. It will show you how to make people’s overloads visible. With people that have truly blocked time for work on projects, the schedules and deliverables will be realistic. If you are tired of being caught between customers and management with unrealistic schedules, this seminar for you.

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PMP Exam Preparation Course

5-day, 35 contact hours, onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.
Investment:$19,950, Including fees associated with travel and living costs.

The PMP Exam Prep Course is designed to prepare participants pursuing Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification with the Project Management Institute (PMI®). All knowledge areas within the five process groups of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) are covered in depth. Previous participants have concluded that this is an excellent program for those striving for certification.

Instructional plan, methods and techniques:

This course is taught using a combination of lecture and instructor feedback. The primary course objective (passing the PMP® examination) is met by the participants demonstrating mastery of the skills through class discussions.

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Advanced Project Management

3-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

Advanced Project Management will lift your project management career to the next level.  With this hands-on course, you’ll pique your knowledge with an advanced level of professionalism. Advanced Project Management goes beyond the basics of project management and into the skills needed to keep your career progressing and you ahead of your industry.

Who Should Attend (Attendees in this course must be past participants of our Introduction to Project Management Skills seminar or have proven experience in Project Management)

  • Experienced Project Leaders, Program Managers, Product Managers and Executives from every industry, organization or government institution.
  • Every Manager who is experienced in the ever changing role of the project and who wants to hone their professional skills.

What will you cover

  • Bringing organization to a project
  • Planning a project and developing baselines
  • Allocating resources across several projects
  • Monitoring milestones and the earned value concept
  • Creating Status reports and briefing all levels of management
  • Project management support: Automated and administrative

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Project Management for Non-Project Managers

2-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

Does your staff understand the basic skills needed to support your projects success?  

In order to be successful both the project team members and the staff supporting them must have a common language and understanding of the project expectations.

This seminar has been designed for individuals with little or no understanding of the principles of project management but who either support the project or are making the transition to a more formal project management role.

If you are looking for a fun and fast way for your staff to gain an understanding of the terminology and techniques needed to increase their project effectiveness, this is the seminar for you.

Everyone gets assignments that require more planning than simply jotting down some tasks on a “to-do list,” especially in today’s lean organizations. Have you been asked to take on complex activities such as moving the office, planning for a large company-wide event or developing a new set of procedures for tracking employees’ mobile devices? If you’re not a trained Project Manager, these can cause big headaches. Adopt the basic tools and skills of project management to make the difference between success and nightmares.

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Agile Critical Thinking for Project Managers

This seminar is aimed at experienced Project, Portfolio and Program Managers and Managers of PMOs.

2-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

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In this two-day, engaging and interactive seminar participants will be introduced to the Agile Critical Thinking framework and a practical set of tools and techniques you can immediately put to use to help you and the people you work with confidently make sound decisions and explain your reasoning.

The course is designed to apply critical thinking within organizations – that are by nature imperfect, changing and involve people and stakeholders with often competing agendas. We call this framework Agile Critical Thinking, which helps participants to both apply and fill in the gaps they face in implementing of managing the Project Management Framework as outlined in the PMBOK® Guide regardless of the project work methodology (e.g., adapted waterfall, agile, engineering or non-engineering, innovation, administrative and other project work). We accomplish this by teaching techniques and providing tools (paper, pdf and increasing their availability via a web-based platform).
This collection of tools provide a contextual basis for teams, stakeholders or people working together to be able to follow a structured process based on critical thinking (rather than personality, style or team dynamics). It ‘sticks’ because:

  • They are contextually based and can be done in about an hour
  • They are used to solve a specific problem that is causing churn, frustration, or failure to move forward – often this has to do with clarity, alignment, cognitive biases, hidden assumptions and commonly used techniques no longer work as well as they used to
  • They include a built-in ‘coach’ that keeps the team on tasks and suggests probe questions to dig deeper without people getting offended

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Managing Global Projects

2-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

As corporations accelerate their global activities, they are finding that it is essential that their project teams are able to cross both functional and geographic boundaries.

To be successful global project managers must possess the necessary process skills as well as effective communication skills. While today’s technological advances have greatly benefited the work of global teams, they have also raised additional issues such as commitment, conflict management and control. The most successful global projects (and global project managers) are those that have a carefully thought through communication strategy, open team member relationships and an understanding of the cultural differences involved in the project.

Target Audience 

Project managers, project team members and those involved in virtual projects functioning across borders.

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Earned Value Management

2-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

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Earned Value Management (EVM) is a program management technique that integrates technical performance requirements, resource planning, and schedules, while taking risk into consideration. The major objectives of applying earned value are to encourage use of effective technical, cost, and schedule management control systems, and to permit the customer to rely on timely data produced by those systems for better management insight. In addition, EVM allows better and more effective management decision making to minimize adverse impacts to the project.

Earned value provides an objective measurement of how much work has been accomplished on a project. Using the earned value process, the management team can readily compare how much work has actually been completed against the amount of work planned to be accomplished.

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Rapid Application Development

Delivering Systems Using RAD and Adaptive Development

2-day onsite training workshop for up to 20 participants.

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Rapid Application Development (RAD) is becoming the most prevalent method of systems development, and RAD has evolved dramatically in recent years. This seminar moves beyond basic RAD approaches and introduces some of the latest and best practices in systems development today.

 What’s Happening

Today’s applications require short development cycles and interaction with customers throughout. Requirements-gathering is ongoing and reflects the realities of constant changes in technology and market demands. RAD was just the tip of the iceberg. Today, Adaptive Development, Extreme Programming (XP), Refactoring and other RADical departures from traditional waterfall methodologies are essential to the success of software development. Change is not only inevitable but desirable as well, and this seminar is designed to help you leverage change to produce high-quality systems that are customer and market driven.

 What Makes This Seminar Unique

This seminar centers around the essential methods, and skills required to achieve successful implementation of software products designed to meet the ever-evolving requirements of customers in today’s volatile technology and market environments. Rapid application development today looks very different from the early days of client server. Through exercises, case studies, and an off-line mini-lab simulation, participants will be able to experience the “do’s, don’ts, and gotcha’s” of working in the RAD development. In addition participants will learn the latest and best current thinking about RAD and other adaptive development processes.

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