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
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IT Risk Management
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Time, Desktop, and Computer Management
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.
How to Communicate Under Pressure. (Uses video practice)
Assuring that Your Project Outputs are Fit for Use
“Money is power. Whether you seek to raise awareness about an environmental issue, buy a house that Frank Lloyd Wright designed, or get a new Tesla, it takes money. Money is just power. To control that power takes a budget, so budgeting is the key to success in everything. Everything.
I am a math-phobic, so I can relate to people who are hesitant to really focus on this. ‘What if I fail at this really stupid subject?’ That’s me talking to myself before I took this class. Somehow, I managed to show up for it –just as you have- and I wound up paying attention, because money is power, and I want to be powerful, and that takes a budget!
If you will commit to staying with me and learning all you can in the time we have together, I commit that you will learn enough about budgeting to get a good start at it. I don’t care what I have to do. I won’t let you fail. That is my promise.”
Microsoft Project 2013 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.
One Day Training
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Advanced Project Management
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IT Project Management
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Advanced IT Project Management
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Managing Complex Projects
Writing Statements of Work
Documenting Your project’s Launch the “Write” way
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.
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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