Illinois Tech’s Office of Professional Development is offering a one-day Project Management Workshop on Wednesday, March 7 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Rice Campus in Wheaton, Illinois.
In today’s economy more than ever, an organization’s success is dependent upon leading projects to their successful outcomes. These projects can range from new product and technology introductions and construction projects to quickly turning around an adverse business situation or creating the ability to capitalize on a market opportunity. Starting with much fanfare, projects too often end with a whimper, are considerably over budget and end up delivering something less than expected. The reality is that success relies heavily on the entrepreneurial skills of the project leader. It is art blended with science and requires dealing with a host of paradoxes managed in the course of connecting independent specialists toward a business objective. This workshop shatters many of the myths surrounding managing projects. Discussions present first-hand experiences and best practices of what works and why.
You’ll be able to improve your ability to lead projects to their successful conclusions. In addition, you’ll learn how to:
- Plan activities, track progress, solve problems, and lead projects to their intended outcomes
- Develop the ability to compress project time without compromising results
- Identify and manage project risks and develop contingency plans should the risks materialize
- Build personal leadership skills to get the right things done
- Create a blueprint for other projects to follow
- Enable the organization to utilize project management as a competitive weapon
Who should attend
- Enterprising individuals who see managing projects to successful outcomes as a means to fast track their growth in their organization and careers
- Experienced project managers who are seeking new approaches and techniques to get things done
- Organizational leaders needing projects to fulfill expectations and be a source of enduring positive change
About the Instructor
Throughout his career, Will Maurer has held a variety of positions that include industrial engineer, process engineer, production manager, project manager, and senior business advisor. In varying capacities he has led the efforts to improve the profitability and competitive position of companies that include Playskool Inc., AB Dick Company, Specialty Packaging Products Inc., and the Chicago Manufacturing Center. He has led or been a project manager major for a wide variety of projects, several in excess of $2 million. These include new product development, new building construction, equipment installation, software and technology implementation and training, and new process training for private and public sector organizations.
He is currently an industry professor at Illinois Tech where he has been teaching classes in project management, operations management, and applied competitive strategies since 1996. During that time, he has also been leading no fewer than fifty student teams from a variety of majors to address and solve business issues for a number of private industry sponsors. This figure is far more than any other faculty member at Illinois Tech.
In 2009 and again in 2013, Maurer was awarded the Excellence In Teaching Award from the Illinois Tech School of Applied Technology. Maurer earned an MS in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and his BS from the University of Illinois.