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You’ve got the right people, we’ll get them the right skills

Are things not always done on time or in the most efficient way? Perhaps costs are not being contained, and maybe quality has slipped a bit?

We can help. We’ll meet with you, listen a lot, and build some quick assessment tools to determine what may be missing. Next, we’ll provide any required process documentation and set up any needed training economically and quickly.

We Bring Vitality to Everything We Teach

All our trainings are goal-centered. Setting goals, inspiring a team to commit to goals, adjusting goals when that is best, and sticking to them when it isn’t. Managing in situations where the challenges of the chaos surrounding the goal are greater than the challenges of doing the basic work to attain the goal.

Subjects We Teach

Managing Chaotic Situations

Situation Management

When the challenges surrounding the project are greater than the challenges of the project, situation management is required. Project management skills are the key to attaining goals, but understanding the situation surrounding a project is essential to assuring success. Learn to connect project management with business goals with our Situation Management training class.

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Risk Management

Risk Management Training in Denver

Learn how to mitigate risk,  control it, and create risk management plans that can be applied to whatever you are managing.

Class Price: $750

 

Training Class Goal

Risk Management for Everyone. Whether you are running a project, a company, a department or keeping your organization in compliance for Risk and Safety Issues, there is one standard for all of these Situations: ISO 31000. The Project Management Institute (creators of the PMP certification) based their Risk Standard on this as well.

PreRequisites

This class is suitable for anyone who manages people, projects or tasks and wants to reduce and manage risk. This includes individuals from every department in a company.

Topic Covered

  • The six-step process all professional Risk Managers use.
  • The one simple formula that is the key to all Risk Management.
  • The best technique to assure that you capture the most possible Risk Issues in advance.
  • The special techniques that professional Risk Managers use to keep their job manageable.
  • The most common response strategy that Professional Risk Managers use.

You will have the opportunity to master:

  • Risk Management Planning
  • Risk Identification
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Prioritization
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Risk Monitoring and Control
  • Multiple Risk Management

Class attendees will work a case where they develop a complete Risk Management Plan as their key work output for the class. The format followed is consistent with that in use by every major corporation in the U.S., The Department of Homeland Security and most governments in the world. It is also consistent with the approaches of the insurance and finance industries, as well as accepted safety policy approaches world-wide. Our courses are designed specifically for companies and their employees.

Upcoming Classes

Jul 10 – Jul 11 8:00 am – 4:00 pmRisk ManagementWestminster

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Nov 15 – Nov 16 8:00 am – 4:00 pmRisk ManagementTech Center

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Time, Desktop, and Computer Management

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Techniques of Clear Writing

The focus of this session will be clear business writing. We will cover some basic rules of clear writing and then look at examples that do and do not work well. Throughout the class, participants will have the opportunity to create and edit files in Microsoft Word. The class will be based on short sessions of lecture, study of good and bad examples, and reworking of those examples, followed by sharing from each student of their results. Students are encouraged to bring their own examples of good and bad writing for use in class, and the instructor will have an adequate supply.

 

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Project Management

Microsoft Project Power User Training

Users already with familiar the Windows operating system will be able to use Microsoft Project to lay out, update and close out projects using the software the way Power Users do. We will focus on the core set of features that the majority of seasoned project managers find important. We will also cover the small number of features that are actually better not used under any circumstances. The entire class will be based on minimal lecture and maximum user practice, with the instructor moving about the room, supporting each student when they get hung up in an exercise. Students who finish early will be given special assignments to hold their interest.

Project Basic Training

When overseeing any project, there are many things that a project manager has to stay on top of. Microsoft Project is the premier tool for organizing tasks, people, and resources.. This powerful program can help you create a realistic project plan, then make sure your people and resources stay on track to bring the project home successfully. This Basic Microsoft Project training class introduces the program and demonstrates best practices in developing a project plan. You will learn in the comfort of our cutting edge training centers in Denver and Phoenix. Our experienced educators will be on hand, in the classroom with you, to bring you to a full understanding of the material and to answer all of your questions. All Mission Critical Training classes include ample interactive activities, enabling you to be sure you have mastered every lesson.

Class Price: $410

Training Class Goal

Students exiting this basic Project training class will have skills for developing a project plan in Microsoft Project. They will be comfortable working within the Microsoft Project environment, and be able to successfully create a new project, including setting a schedule, and allocating resources to specific tasks. Students will exit the class with the ability to estimate costs and task durations for their projects. They will be able to print project summary reports.

PreRequisites

This class is designed for students with solid foundational computer skills and basic project management experience.

Topics Covered

  • Explore the Microsoft Project environment
  • Display an existing project plan in different views
  • Creating a Project Plan
  • Create a new project plan
  • Assign a project calendar
  • Add tasks to the project plan
  • Enter the task duration estimates
  • Add resources in the project plan
  • Managing Tasks in a Project Plan
  • Outline tasks
  • Add a recurring task
  • Link dependent tasks
  • Set a constraint to a task
  • Set a task deadline
  • Add notes to a task
  • Managing Resources in a Project Plan
  • Create a resource calendar
  • Assign resources to tasks
  • Assign additional resources to a task
  • Enter costs for resources
  • Enter values for budget resources
  • Resolve resource conflicts
  • Finalizing the Project Plan
  • Display the critical path
  • Shorten the project duration
  • Set a baselinePrint a project summary reportGet foundational skills to manage your projects with a Basic Microsoft Project course from the Bart Group. Our courses are designed specifically for companies and their employees.

Upcoming Classes

Mar 16 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Westminster

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Mar 21 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Phoenix

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Apr 19 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Westminster

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Jun 11 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Tech Center

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Jun 20 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Phoenix

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Aug 28 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Westminster

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Sep 13 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Phoenix

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Oct 22 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Tech Center

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Dec 18 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Project Basic Phoenix

Private Classes

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Live & In-Person

All of the classes on this page are taught by live instructors who are present in the classroom.

  • Class Retakes

    Retake any public class up to 6 months after original class date

  • Hands-on Learning

    Interactive classes allow you to immediately try out new skills

  • Live Training

    Live instructors deliver our classes in an engaging and interactive way

  • Small Class Sizes

    Classes limited to 12 students for more individual attention

Microsoft Project Advanced Power User

Microsoft Project Advanced Power-user Training

As projects get more complicated, keeping all of your ducks in a row gets more challenging.  Microsoft Project has the advanced tools to help you keeping your resources organized and the project on track.  This Project Advance Training class covers the advanced concepts in Microsoft Project for designing more complex and comprehensive Microsoft Project plans. You will be able to update and adjust project plans as circumstances change, integrate other Microsoft resources into your project, and create visually impactful reports as your project progresses.  This Advanced Project training will take place in one of state-of-the-art training centers in Denver and Phoenix, where our knowledgeable educators will be on hand, in the classroom with you, to answer your questions and help you attain a full understanding of the material.  You will complete plenty of interactive activities to ensure you have mastered each lesson..

Class Price: $410

Training Class Goal

Students exiting this Microsoft Project Advanced class will have skills in using advanced Project features to design complex and extensive Microsoft Project plans.  Students will understand how to import information to Project plans, as well as export data from the project into Excel.  They will be able to update plans as projects progress, and manage the ongoing budget. Students will learn to create and customize visual reports to display project data.  Students will also be able to create project template, as well as share resources across multiple projects.

PreRequisites

Students entering this advance Project training course should have basic experience and understanding of Microsoft Project and possess project management skills.

Topics Covered

  • Import project information
  • Export project plan data into Excel
  • Copy a picture of the project plan information

Updating a Project Plan

  • Enter task progress
  • Enter overtime work
  • Split a task
  • Reschedule a task
  • Filter tasks
  • Set an interim plan
  • Create a custom table
  • Create a custom report

Managing Tasks in a Project Plan

  • Update cost rate tables
  • Group costs
  • Link documents to a project plan

Reporting Project Data Visually

  • Create a visual report
  • Customize a visual report
  • Create a visual report template

Reusing Project Plan Information

  • Create a project plan template
  • Create a custom view
  • Make custom views available to other project plans
  • Share resources
  • Create a master project

Our Microsoft Project Advanced training course , in both Phoenix and Denver, will give you the tools to confidently manage even the most complex projects.

Upcoming Classes

May 17 8:00 am – 4:00 pmProject AdvancedWestminster

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Aug 29 8:00 am – 4:00 pmProject AdvancedWestminster

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Nov 14 8:00 am – 4:00 pmProject AdvancedTech Center

Private Classes

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Live & In-Person

All of the classes on this page are taught by live instructors who are present in the classroom.

Introduction to Project Management

Our Introduction to Project Management training in Denver & Phoenix introduces formal strategies and skills that are essential to managing projects effectively.

Learn to Plan and Execute Projects

Though planning is an important part of Project Management, it alone cannot guarantee a satisfactory conclusion. Project Managers must adapt to the inevitable challenges and changes that could derail their projects.

Our Intro to Project Management training class teaches skills in both designing and executing projects, including:

  • Controlling risks
  • Managing scope creep
  • Staying within budget
  • Completing projects on time.

Who should attend?

This class is suitable for anyone who needs to have more successful project outcomes. This includes individuals from every department in a company, not just the Project Management Office. Many attendees will not have the title “Project Manager”.

The class is also appropriate for both experienced project managers who have never been exposed to formal approaches and new project managers who want to start their careers in the right direction.

Small Classes

We limit our Intro to Project Management class sizes to 12 participants to ensure that the time our clients invest in training is well spent.

Small classes mean more individual attention, more applicable training, and a better experience.

Prerequisite

Prior project management experience is not required for this class.

What can I expect to get out of the class?
Students leaving this class will have a solid foundation of skills to practice project management. The class includes information on the following Topics:

  • How to lay out a project the simple, professional way
  • The Triple Constraints, and why you must use them
  • Gantt Charting
  • Monitoring & Control
  • Conducting effective meetings
  • Multiple Project Management
  • What to do after the project is launched
  • Computer Software Review: which programs to use and when
  • Project Management v. Departmental Management; what’s the difference?
  • Empowerment; when it works, when it doesn’t, how to make it work for you
  • Inspiring and motivating the project team

Private Classes

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Upcoming Classes

Register Now Mar 12 – Mar 13 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Westminster, CO
Register Now Jul 12 – Jul 13 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Tech Center, CO
Register Now Sep 13 – Sep 14 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Westminster, CO
Register Now Dec 10 – Dec 11 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Tech Center, CO

Price $750.00

Live & In-Person

All of the classes on this page are taught by live instructors who are present in the classroom.

Class Retakes

Retake any public class up to 6 months after original class date

Hands-on Learning

Interactive classes allow you to immediately try out new skills

Live Training

Live instructors deliver our classes in an engaging and interactive way

Small Class Sizes

Classes limited to 12 students for more individual attention

To Sign Up, go to: https://www.mcstech.net/events/intro-project-management-training/

Advanced Project Management

Course Description

Advanced Project Management Training in Denver

Take your Project Management skills to the next level by learning the formal skills needed for larger assignments in our Advanced Project Management training in Denver

Training Class Goal

Learn the Arrows of ZengWay, a simple yet effective set of tools for the growing manager. You will have the opportunity to work in a team to set up and manage a complete Project right in the classroom, without the use of specialized software or techniques.

PreRequisites

You have been managing projects for a while, and you know the basics, but feel unprepared for larger assignments. Or perhaps you have received introductory-level training, but want to go deeper. If you are faced with a Project surrounded by great complexity, this session will help you develop your skillset to meet the challenge and improve the quality of every Project and Situation you manage.

Topics Covered

  • The four factors to consider before launching your Project
  • The two factors that you must consider at all times
  • Problem-solving – the missing tools in standard Project Management
  • Situation Management versus Project Management – what is the difference?
  • Risk or Problem? How to tell them apart
  • Problem or Decision
  • Advanced Risk Management
  • How to set up communication for your Project
  • Effective Goal-setting
  • The eight factors to manage any Situation.

Learn the advanced aspects of the Arrows of ZengWay, the system to manage any Project, Situation or Goal-oriented activity. With these tools, you can be prepared to face new Projects and complex situations with a complete systems approach. Additionally, these same tools can be applied to your daily activities.

Upcoming Classes

Jul 19 – Jul 20 8:00 am – 4:00 pmAdvanced Project ManagementTech Center

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Nov 12 – Nov 13 8:00 am – 4:00 pmAdvanced Project ManagementWestminster

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Advanced Project ManagementTech CenterJul 19 – Jul 20  8:00 am – 4:00 pm

750.00

Private Classes

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Live & In-Person

All of the classes on this page are taught by live instructors who are present in the classroom.

 

Agile

Agile techniques have taken over the world of software, and they are making inroads in every other Project area. Take this concise one-day class to learn what it’s all about!

You’ll get the answers to these important questions:

  • What are the different “flavors” of Agile?
  • Is there a Project Manager in Agile?
  • What is Core Scrum?
  • What feedback systems exist in Agile?
  • Why should I care if the Product Backlog is ready?
  • Is my Self-Organizing Team functional?
  • How do I deal with local Risks and Opportunities?

The class itself will be a scrum, which is the key group in the Agile world. That means you will be involved, giving feedback along the way, and helping channel the conversation to promote actionable commitments beyond the class time.

Class Syllabus

  • Pre-test
  • A brief history of Agile
  • Introduction to the Agile methodology
  • Waterfall (traditional) Project Management v. Agile
  • Agile and Waterfall in concert
  • Post-test

Practical exercises in class, as well as additional exclusive resources on the web will be available before, during and after the class to optimize your experience. You will be tested on your knowledge of Agile at the start and the end of the class, and will receive a certificate for your participation and passing grade on the post-test.

1-day Class

Class to run in Denver Spring 2018

Customized Training for Your Organization

We can provide customized classes to match the work you do. Each employee can be checked to see what training will be needed for them to be able to function efficiently as a member of the team. When there are new hires, they can be put through the same training to onboard them. We can even allot time in the training day for your HR people to make presentations.  We can use our state-of-the-art facilities to blend classroom, virtual and video approaches as needed.

What Learning Format is Best?

Instructor-Led Training (ILT) is usually best when:

  • The learning is enhanced by discussion and other interactions among students.
  • Most organizations, when queried as to the greatest issues they face, respond that people issues are the most critical. These often benefit from a combination of ILT and team case method work, where teams can work together to practice the skills they are learning.
  • If it is essential that all students get a solid grounding in the topic, ILT is probably the best, particularly if the academic ability of the members of the team is varied.
  • Feedback from students taking eLearning classes indicates a high level of frustration and a markedly lower retention rate, particularly with sophisticated topics like team-work or project management. ILT by a senior trainer can address that.
  • Questions are likely to be a key part of the learning. ILT offers the best opportunity for questions to be answered as they arise.
  • The group is located in one area so that most students can attend without significant travel costs.
  • The topic is delivered infrequently, perhaps once a year. Well-designed eLearning has more costs associated with it than ILT. Infrequent sessions are less likely to be cost-effective.
  • The topic needs significant updating within one to three years. Excellent eLearning can be costly to update. If there is an audio or video component, it may be necessary to re-shoot the entire learning for continuity. Even things that are viewed as static, such as company policy, may have a surprising amount of changes over a few years.

eLearning is usually preferred when:

  • Virtual teams must travel great distances to attend ILT.
  • Large numbers of people must receive the same training.
  • The topic needs to be learned at different times for different people.
  • The information to be learned lends itself to testing. A common criticism of eLearning is the frequent lack of attention by students. Absence from the computer can run as high as 40% if the attendees are not tracked or tested. This is difficult with topics like management and team-work, where students failing to participate can drag down the morale of all. If the material can be conclusively tested for, this can motivate better attention by students.
  • If the available ILT trainer is just average, eLearning with a senior trainer is often better than ILT training with an average teacher.
  • The material is more of a legal requirement than a critical learning area. If it is adequate that the students can review the material, and give written acknowledgment that they have done so, eLearning may be ideal.
  • eLearning depends, often to a significant extent, on the student’s ability to learn on their own. If the team is composed largely of individuals who would be fairly happy just reading a book on the subject and taking an exam, eLearning may be the first choice.
  • Technical subjects and ones where a great deal of the learning is memorization or straight content absorption are often very well-suited to eLearning.
  • eLearning can cut costs on large-scale topics by 50%.
  • eLearning lends itself to after-hours home study, which may reduce time lost from work.

To conclude, if the topic has many content-based aspects and benefits from real-time interaction with the trainer and other students, there is no substitute for excellent ILT. The investment will be greater, but so will the impact. If the main concern is budget, if the material is largely content-based, or if the material has a very long shelf-life, eLearning may be a better option.

 

Blended Learnings

If you have a large body of semi-custom material that must be delivered to a large group in many locations, a combined approach can be per-student cost-effective. The large body of information to convey justifies the higher development cost of eLearning, and the large number of participants helps divide the cost per student. eLearning might be deployed over a period of time to acquaint all with the content. Then a live training in a small number of locations might fill the need for interactive work. Finally, if the trainer is of the highest caliber, they should be able to conduct a blended classroom, where a minority of the students are remote. This will require excellent equipment, but it can be quite successful. The semi-custom material can be generated at a reasonable per-student cost, using modified standard materials. Often, a key to active student participation is the inclusion of industry-specific case studies, created by our team in consultation with your SMEs.

Our Blended Learning Resources and Services

  • A five-camera eLearning studio with full video, audio and music production capabilities located in metro Denver, Colorado
  • We can bring equipment to your site on an as-needed basis
  • Fluent with all conference and training applications such as GoToMeeting and Webex. We can run those in their most basic configurations, but usually interface them to our video studio for a more engaging student experience.
  • Excellent Development Skills
  • Can create special exercises to involve remote students in what are largely local classes.
  • Multi-lingual training crew.

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