International Project Management Training

Course Summary

A key success criteria for a company’s competitiveness in this age of globalization is how well an organization can collaborate across borders in a multicultural virtual space. There are many cases where international companies have failed because of their neglect of cultural diversity and it’s impact on global organizational efficiency.

 

In order to maximize global collaborative success, employees and management must develop skills to manage cultural differences and enhance intercultural communication and competence. Furthermore project & programme management skills are essential to remain innovative by developing new products and services and adapt rapidly to changing markets through organizational transformation and agility.

 

This training programme equips employees with a unique combination of intercultural soft skills and international project management know how and best practice. Providing attendees with a tool kit to successfully lead virtual teams distributed across borders, time zones, and cultures and to manage risks and maximise value, enabling successful international project delivery.

 

The training programme is based on the most recent and widely recognised international Project Management Institute Standard – Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and infused with concepts of SCRUM and Agile where the methodologies offer better and more dynamic approaches to optimising team performance and change management. The unique concept of international project management is created as a result of the combination of this Project Management foundation and the programme tutors international experience of leading projects and teams in Europe and Asia and serving customers in the US. This results in a highly resourceful and practical training programme and a tool kit that can be immediately put into practise back in the virtual and real office.

 

The training programme is split into 5 modules. Part 1 introduces the need for International Project Management. Part 2 sets a foundation for understanding culture and the context within which international projects are delivered. Part 3 introduces the fundamentals of Project Management according to the Project Management Institute standard PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge). Part 4 analyses the impact of managing projects in international environments, where attendees will be given ample opportunity to air and share their views, experiences & challenges. Part 5 explores throughout each project phase how cultural risks and opportunities can be both mitigated and exploited by applying the cultural concepts learned in parts 2 & 4.

 

Duration and Training Method

The course runs for two days, and largely consists of classroom activities with the opportunity for delegates to discuss their own challenges and experiences.

Course Content

The training programme is split into 5 modules. Part 1 introduces the need for International Project Management. Part 2 sets a foundation for understanding culture and the context within which international projects are delivered. Part 3 introduces the fundamentals of Project Management according to the Project Management Institute standard PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge). Part 4 analyses the impact of managing projects in international environments, where attendees will be given ample opportunity to air and share their views, experiences & challenges. Part 5 explores throughout each project phase how cultural risks and opportunities can be both mitigated and exploited by applying the cultural concepts learnt in parts 2 & 4.

Module 1: What is International Project Management?

Module 2: Understanding Culture

Module 3: Project Management Fundamentals

Module 4: Global Project Impact

Module 5: Maximising Global Project Performance

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Who is This For?

The training programme is aimed at people who lead and manage multicultural teams, or are team members of multicultural teams in an international and usually virtual project environment. The following people should attend:

  • General Managers

  • Functional or Line Managers

  • Product Managers

  • Project/Programme/Portfolio Managers

  • Project and Virtual Team Members

  • All people wanting to learn more about international projects

Prerequisites

Ideally attendees should have a basic knowledge of project management and / or prior experience working in project teams.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise one’s own cultural preferences and differences in relation to other cultures & working styles

  • Establish a common foundation of International Project Management knowledge and best practise

  • Qualitative impact analysis of cultural diversity on Project Management Knowledge Areas

  • Application of 5 key cultural concepts to improve project team performance

  • Effectively lead & manage multicultural virtual teams

  • Apply adaptive six step intercultural leadership model to multicultural situations

  • Develop strategies to mitigate risks and exploit opportunities in international projects

  • Choose & apply optimal communication styles & technologies for the right situation

  • 7 Project Keys approach to effectively manage and maximise international project success

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