Empowering Project Teams: Facilitating Communication and Collaboration

Teams that can communicate, collaborate and cooperate provide the foundation of successful project and product delivery. Get the core tools and techniques to ensure timely delivery of information to stakeholders. Develop your ability to collaborate and influence without authority, creating a positive work environment that leverages roles and responsibilities.

This course can be applied to the Project Management Certificate.


Alan  Waite, M.A., C.E.C.

Alan Waite, M.A., C.E.C.

Alan Waite is a business executive, certified life and corporate empowerment coach, consultant, teacher, author, and founder and president of PRAXIS – an organization that promotes Integrity in both personal and professional life. He currently serves as Senior Vice President ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Develop templates to expedite the planning, executing, monitoring and controlling process
  • Develop and communicate roles and responsibilities to project stakeholders
  • Create information dashboards for communicating with project stakeholders to convey the right information to the right person for the right decision

Course Outline/Topics

An Introduction to Managing High Performance Project Teams

  • Establish the language
  • What is a project?
  • What is project management?
  • What is the difference between project management and routine work?

Discuss a Communication Management Plan

  • What does it mean?
    • to be a team member
    • to be a manager
    • to be a sponsor
  • What is your role?
    • Leader
    • Manager
    • Administrator
    • Facilitator
    • Follower
    • Persuader
  • What is the agenda of the players?
  • Identifying the project stakeholders
  • Identifying the project sponsor
  • Building a relationship with the project sponsor
  • Identifying the core team members
  • Developing relationships, determining what the project structure looks like
  • Defining roles and responsibilities
  • Establishing the core team
  • Review communication and collaboration tools
  • Review PMIS solutions

Laying the Framework for Success

  • Creating/Evaluating The Project Charter
  • Cost, Time, Quality, Scope, Risks
  • Can You Say ‘No’?
  • Communicating the Vision in 10 Words or Less
  • Developing Guiding Principles and Managing Conflict
  • Confirm and Communicate Roles, Responsibilities,
  • Accountability and Authority
    • for team members
    • for stakeholders
  • Conducting a Skills Assessment
  • What Skills are Available?
  • What Skills are Needed?
  • How to Get What You Need Without a Large Training Budget?
  • Transitioning Team Members Onto the Team
  • Kicking Off the Project
  • Where Does it Fit?
  • What is the Impact?
  • Strategies to Manage Competing Requirements
  • Picking the Stages / Phases

Team Interaction in the Critical Stages – Planning, Executing, and Controlling the Work

  • Confronting the Real World – deal with the tough stuff
  • Defining the Product Scope
  • Selling the Project Scope
  • Authorizing Work
    • When to say ‘yes’
    • When to say ‘no’
    • When to say ‘wait’
  • Managing competing schedule and cost requirements
  • Dealing with the interference of business requirements
  • Monitoring and controlling
  • Dealing with the under-performing team member, vendor or stakeholder
  • Dealing with contract violations
  • Developing a transition strategy for team members
  • Developing an integrated team


Project Management Foundations or equivalent experience


"I really enjoyed this class and thought it to be one of the most beneficial that I’ve taken. I am looking forward to applying what I’ve learned in my daily job activities."  —  Online Participant, August 2016

"It’s clear that a lot of time, thought and effort went into this course, and I truly appreciate the engagement of the instructors. Thank you for an excellent course!"  —  Online Participant

Date: Course available Apr 9-May 5

Location: Online

Instructor: Alan Waite M.A., C.E.C.

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5025-10278

Note: Guest Lecturer:  CJ Walker Waite, Ph.D., PMP

Required and optional texts (purchased by participant): Required: “Building Team Power” (2nd edition) by Thomas Kayser.  Optional:  “You Can’t Lead With Your Feet on the Desk” by Ed Fuller and ” A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK® Guide)-Fifth Edition. Required text approx. $30.

Registration Deadline: Tue., Apr. 3

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