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Project Management is not routine work.
What extra skills do I need to cope with the challenges?

Am I a Business Analyst
In which direction is my career going?

There are several career-paths available for the Senior Project Manager.

We have identified 3 different career-paths which will either help you focus your current skills, broaden your skills or gain a complete new set of skills to go into another path.

Senior Project Manager (Hone your skill set)

Programme Manager (Broaden your skill set)

Business Manager (Diversify your skill set)

Senior Project Manager (Hone your skill set)

As a Senior Project Manager you are responsible for large and extremely complex projects, often on a global scale. You may also be called upon to rescue other troubled projects. This career path is about focusing your project management knowledge to give you the key skills in order to become a specialist in the area.

The following courses may be of interest to you:

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
You will learn how to determine the root causes of business problems. This course enables you to apply different types of thinking for problem solving. You will practice different approaches of the five types of critical thinking needed in business environment to achieve the highest results.

Rapid Assessment and Recovery of Troubled Projects
Audit your projects in order to ensure that they are running efficiently and effectively. Identify and manage signs of troubled projects early so as to reduce the impact (financial or other) and deal with subsequent issues. Equip yourself with the leadership tools in order to turn around any future projects that may be failing.

Leading Complex Projects
Apply tools and techniques which have been tried and tested in the real world to determine the right level of your own project's complexity. Analyse and simplify complex project management challenges to reduce misconceptions and misunderstandings of project goals.

Requirements Management
Reduce scope creep and establish concise requirements early in the planning stages through proper stakeholder analysis. Achieve customer satisfaction through understanding of possible risks and mitigation. Reduce project cost of later rework by getting the requirements right the first time.

Programme Manager (Broaden your skill set)

As a Programme Manager you need skills above and beyond those of the standard project manager. You could find yourself managing several project managers as well as aligning multiple projects to meet the organisational strategy.

The following courses may be of interest to you:

Programme Management
Learn to thrive as a successful programme manager and implement business strategy through a portfolio of projects. Establish and implement programme governance to ensure consistent alignment with organisational strategy.

Negotiation Skills
Learn to negotiate collaboratively to create more positive outcomes. Communicate more openly, achieve win-win situations and increase stakeholder buy-in. Learn about strategies to overcome conflict and other obstacles that can hold up a negotiation, this will speed up the process and produce better outcomes from the discussions.

Coaching and Mentoring for Improved Performance
Improve the performance of others and work through difficult performance issues and apply a structured coaching and mentoring model to guide you through the coaching and mentoring processes.

Business Manager (Diversify your skill set)

Your goal is to understand the business needs and organisational strategy, and deliver this through a portfolio of projects. You need to understand how project management fits into the business as a whole.

The following courses may be of interest to you:

Taking Charge of Organisational Change
Develop a concise business case specific to change, increase stakeholder understanding and involvement and encourage buy-in and support. Learn to use a solid change framework allowing you to effectively plan and strategise for change, this will ensure that transition and implementation will go more smoothly.

Establishing the Project Management Office
Develop a concise business case specific to change, increase stakeholder understanding and involvement and encourage buy-in and support. Gain better organisation and structure within your project teams and unify project work for better communication. Define project roles giving individuals focus and a clear idea of their responsibilities.

Budget and Financial Management
Understand the links between budgets and finance, and meet the increasing demand to show how your projects or departments contribute to your organisation�s bottom line.

Managing Contracts
Identify contract components and understand the process from start to finish. Select the right contract type for your project and decipher contract legalese. Negotiate favourable terms and make revisions to the contract, administer contracts appropriately and know when and how to terminate them.

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Read the white paper:
The Global State of the PMO in 2011: Its Value, Effectiveness and Role as the Hub of Training

View the webinar:
PMO in Hard Times � Adding Value or Adding Cost

ESI's experienced course advisors can guide you to the right course and training programme!
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