Company Workshops in QRPD
Global Brain®, Inc. workshops train organizations
and teams on advanced project management tools and techniques
known for their practical, "use it now" approach.
Workshop contents can be tailored to your organization's industry,
products, and current projects. The workshops include the
analysis of several case studies and are strongly interactive.
They apply to hardware, software, systems, semiconductor,
web, medical, biotech, information and other services, financial,
food, and more.
1. Quality Rapid Product Development (2
This is the foundation management course to achieve
fast-paced product development, executed by high-performance
teams in demanding market environments. QRPD
is a set of principles and global best practices for managing
resources and risks to achieve Rapid time-to-market, high
product performance and high quality. Implementing QRPD
maximizes return on your company's investment (ROI)!
The following courses provide additional coverage of leadership
and management skills and day-to-day techniques for the project
leader and team members.
2. Project Leadership and Management Skills (1 day): Course
Studies have proven that the characteristics and
skills of the project team leader are crucial to assured
success of the project. Project Leaders, especially new
ones, are not always aware of the scope of their critical
role. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of
the job of the QRPD
Project Leader in concrete day-to-day terms, and shows how
to recognize and develop the appropriate skills in potential
team leaders. Materials covered include leadership skills,
project planning and control, contingency planning and risk
management, status reporting, communication, meeting management,
time management, delegating, and conflict resolution.
3. Project Planning, Scheduling, and Management Techniques
(1 day): Course
One of the most difficult aspects of product development
is defining a schedule that is acceptable to Marketing and
yet achievable by Engineering; then managing to that schedule
through the inevitable project challenges. This course provides
techniques for planning and managing projects based on product
requirements, risks, available staffing and skills, and
the reality of other competing projects. Includes intensive
hands-on work on planning approaches, including your project.
Overview of how to use computer-assisted project management
tools most effectively.
4. Effective Meetings and Design Reviews (1 day): Course
Ineffective meetings are one of the worst time and
money wasters on any project. This course covers techniques
for preparing for maximally effective meetings, leading
the meetings, dealing with standard meeting problems and
post-meeting follow-up. Emphasis is placed on understanding
when meetings and reviews are needed to promote team effectiveness
and to avoid costly later rework. The course also discusses
how to select the right processes and tools for a given
type of meeting, to avoid inefficient and demoralizing "free-for-alls"
that waste precious team member time. The following meeting
types are discussed: project team meetings, design and specification
reviews, problem solving and creative meetings, and executive
"Every course I've ever gone to in Project
Management left me feeling that there has got to be something
more - - some secret recipe that we haven't been told. That
said, the Global Brain course is the best I've encountered.
I also took Ori's University of California Berkeley Extension
version a few years ago and felt that the return on my invested
time was very good."
Vice President of Engineering, Puritan-Bennett, a division
of Mallinckrodt, Inc.
Mini-courses (½-day each)
1. Introduction to Doing Projects at Warp Speed
Learn why most projects are 100% late, despite the use of
traditional project management techniques and understand the
paradigm shift & tools required to develop projects in
½ the time, at ½ the cost, & double the
2. Powerful Project Visions for Developing Products in
Half the Time
Learn the content and process for creating a QRPD
vision that aligns the team, avoids surprises, accelerates
the project, and meets cost and performance objectives.
3. Effective Meeting Management and Design Review Skills
On the average, one month a year is wasted in poor meeting
management in organizations. Provides real-world tools for
accomplishing effective meetings and design reviews during
projects, with an immediate ROI.
4. Teambuilding and Working with Different Personality
Build great, synergistic, cross-functional teams that can
move at warp-speed by using communication skills based on
personality type preferences.
5. Rapid Conflict Resolution Skills
Resolve conflict rapidly by being aware of conflict styles,
identifying the root cause of the conflict, planning intervention,
and moving forward.
6. Detailed Scheduling and Estimating for Believable and
Learn how to create a schedule that meets the mission requirements,
and gains full commitment from everyone whole-heartedly and
7. Risk Management and Mitigation
Learn how to identify and assess all types of risks on a project,
mitigate them, and manage them for less painful and more successful
8. Project Management and Control
Learn how to manage a project entrepreneurially enough to
benefit from synergy, but structured enough to meet the project's
vision, cost, and schedule.
9. Project Leadership to "Make It So"
Learn the difference between management and leadership and
learn how to lead a project that beats expectations.