What you will learn:

How do you organize work so that things are actionable for your team? An effective work plan helps you organize tasks, so they are done in the right order at the right time by the right people. They also make it easier to keep the project team and stakeholders informed about progress, identify issues and risks sooner, and celebrate wins as you go. In this Elective we will:
  1. Make the case why building and maintaining effective work plans is critical and why it isn't something a Project Manager can delegate
  2. Share real-life stories that illustrate how they work when they are working well (and when they're not)
  3. Provide the "essential elements" of an effective work plan (task dependencies, critical path and milestones) and how to put them to work in service to your project's success
  4. Offer practical tips, trips and traps. How do you know when you're at the right level of detail? Is it possible to go too far? How frequent should you update the plan? What's the best way to deliver them? What if your stakeholders change their mind about what they want?

About the instructor:

A musician at heart, Joe's upbringing and work over the past thirty years across countries, languages, cultures and industries instilled a deep appreciation for the power of perspective and collaboration. He has had the great fortune to work with some truly amazing teams.

In the late 1980's as a student of engineering, political science and philosophy, he sang bass with the Ohio State Men's Glee club; awarded "Choir of the World" at the prestigious International Music Esteddfod in Scotland. As a young systems analyst in the early 1990's, during a 9-month "foreign assignment," Joe helped support a fledgling private mobile telecom industry which ended up spanning 9 years, 7 countries, 5 roles, 4 languages and a family.

Over the following two decades, Joe's accomplishments include:
  • being part of an international team of 20-somethings that launched a phone company in Spain,
  • designing and delivering a course on international team leadership across 16 countries,
  • helping re-design Yamaha Music Corporation's commercial process,
  • and helping to raise two incredible human beings
In 2011, Joe formed Slatter Consulting and began to assemble the lessons he'd learned over time into something that could be used to help others improve how they improve. With a history of success inspiring groups and organizations to create more value through collaboration, design thinking, change enablement, talent development, process design/improvement and organization design, he created the Better Practice methodology to help others accelerate towards better.

An engaging and dynamic speaker, Joe is passionate about helping individuals, teams and organizations of all kinds achieve and maintain high performance through collaboration and sustainable, continuous improvement. His practical and personable style inspires people to activate their best self and collaborate to drive growth.

Joe lives in Colorado and supports projects, engagements and teams around the world. He orders his three most important roles as: 1. Parent 2. Teacher 3. Barista.
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