UCLA Extension

Strategic Project Management

A 2-Day Short Course

Strategic project management provides interactive thinking tools and a step-by-step process that takes a strategic approach to project and program design. This proven process begins with examining the big picture goals along with human and external issues. By contrast, most project management approaches focus narrowly on technical issues, activities, and schedule.

This course offers new ways to approach complex problems, issues, and opportunities. You’ll learn a simple, yet sophisticated, tool called The Logical Framework, which systematically links your project to key goals. This unique tool helps teams set precise objectives, define success measures, and manage projects as ongoing learning systems and experiments. Learn how to RAP (Rapid Action Plan) and design a difficult project with a team in under 2 hours. After learning the concepts, you apply them to a first-cut topic of your choice.

This approach adds special value at the “fuzzy front end” and applies to diverse topics, including R&D, system development, process improvement, implementing change initiatives, and other difficult issues.

This course is ideal for rapidly turning cross-functional task forces and other diverse groups into committed and effective teams. The bottom line: your projects reach their goals faster, smoother, and with fewer problems.

Coordinator and Lecturer

Terry Schmidt, President, Management Pro, Seattle, Washington. Mr. Schmidt has earned an international reputation as a management consultant, strategic thinker, and peak performance coach, with 30 years of experience assisting corporations, governments, and research institutions in 34 countries worldwide. He served on the Association for Strategic Planning task which developed a certification program for strategic planners. His clients include eBay, Symantec, DirecTV, Blizzard Entertainment, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sony Electronics, Walt Disney Imagineering, Los Angeles County Assessor, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Nokia, and the Bank of Thailand. He also assisted virtually every U.S. federal government agency.

Author of 7 management books, including his latest, Strategic Project Management Made Simple, Mr. Schmidt won the coveted Charles T. Main Award from ASME and is cited in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the World. He holds a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard University.

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3344 | fax (310) 206-2815