Practical Project Management for Management Consultants
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Practical Project Management for Management Consultants

How to manage successfully a consulting project - practical guide for Project Managers
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Created by Asen Gyczew
Last updated 9/2017
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Price: Free
Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 23 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Manage Consulting Project with your eyes closed
  • Finish the project ahead of time and below the agreed budget
  • Create value for the customer that will help you sell new projects
  • Create finished products that can be reused on other projects
  • Prepare yourself efficiently for the project
  • Create a dream team
  • Become real efficient manager, working on totally different level
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Requirements
  • Basic or intermediate Excel
  • Basic or intermediate Power Point
  • Basic knowledge of business
Description

What is the aim of this course?

Managing Consulting Projects is extremely difficult. You work in a hostile environment, long hours on difficult things. On top of that the bill for your services for the customer is pretty high so he will want to squeeze out of you as much as possible. At the same time his people may dislike you as you are an outsider that in their point of view pretends to know better.  Therefore, many Project Managers fail on deadlines or cannot deliver value for the customer. Luckily there is a way to do a consulting project on time, get your customer and his people happy with the result as well as get well paid for your work. This course will help you drastically improve your knowledge and skills in managing consulting project. It is designed for project managers, especially those working in consulting. After finishing the course you will know:

  1. How to prepare for the project to make your customer and your team happy as well to finish the project much earlier than your competitors
  2. How to create value for your customer
  3. How to deliver the project within the budget and way ahead of deadlines
  4. How to execute the project without having to work 7 days a week 15 hours a day
  5. How to overdeliver and get buy-in from your customer
  6. How to build strong foundation for future projects
  7. What tools to use
  8. How to be efficient as a team

The course is based on my 12 years of experience as a Project Manager in top consulting companies and as a Board Member responsible for strategy, improvements and turn-arounds in biggest companies in Retail, FMCG, SMG, B2B sectors that I worked for.  On the basis of what you will find in this course I have trained over 100 consultants, business analysts and managers who now are CEO, Operational  Directors, COO, Investment Directors, Directors in Consulting Companies, Board Members, Customer Insight Managers, Data Science Managers etc. We use this methodology also in my own boutique consulting practice. I was not only delivering consulting service but also buying them from consulting companies such as PwC, McKinsey, BCG, OC&C. Therefore, what you will see in this course takes also into account the perspective of the customer who is buying the service.

The course is very practical so the theory is limited to almost zero. I concentrate on practical tips that you should implement on your next projects. There will be also examples of tools, templates and end-products that we use in our practice. To many lectures you will find attached  (in additional resources) the tools and examples I am showing  in the lecture, so as a part of this course you will also get a library of ready-made tools that can, with certain modification, be applied by you in your work.

Why I decided to create this course?

As I said, I not only managed and delivered consulting projects, but I was also on the receiving end. What always surprises me is that despite all the knowledge there is on managing projects, consultants time and again fail miserably and deliver something the customer doesn’t want or need, usually after the deadlines.  At the same time I could not help noticing that I on the other hand were done with my work way ahead of time. Therefore, I decided to describe my approach so it can be used by others that face the same challenges. Thanks to this course you will become a priceless member of your company and you will outperform other project managers. It will help you land a job not only with consulting firms but also private equities and businesses that need somebody to supervise projects (i.e. Project Management Officer).

To sum it up, I believe that if you want to be a top project manager you should implement my approach towards consulting projects. That is why, I highly recommend this course not only to project managers or consultants that have to manage projects but also managers and directors working in business.

In what way will you benefit from this course?

The course is a practical, step by step guide loaded with tones of tips, tricks, hints that will significantly improve the speed with which you conduct the project. There is little theory – mainly examples, a lot of tips from my own experience as well as other notable examples worth mentioning. Our intention is that thanks to the course you will know:

  1. How to train your team and turn it into an effective machine
  2. How to prepare the project in order to deliver value to the customer within the budget and deadlines
  3. How to execute the project to make your customer and your team happy
  4. How to finish the project and at the same time build the foundations for new cooperation

You can also ask me any question either through the discussion mode or by messaging me directly.

How the course is organized?

The course is divided currently in 6 sections and I will be adding new section to address other important issues. Currently you will find the following sections:

  • Introduction. We begin with little intro into the course as well as some general info on projects.
  • Teaching Phase. In the second section I will explain the importance of teaching and how to implement it in your team or company. If you want to do fast, efficiently good projects you have to have the right kind of people. You can say that preparation for the consulting project starts with proper teaching. In this section I will discuss how through teaching get good business analysts.
  • Preparation Phase. Most consulting project are done in a bad manner. A lot of things that should be done ahead of time are done during the project and this slows you down drastically and causes later on a lot of problems. If you prepare properly you can shorten the execution time, create more value and earn more. In this section I will show you how to prepare and what kind of tools to use.
  • Execution Phase - Technical Tips. In section 4 I will show you some technical tips you should follow to make sure that you deliver value to the customers within the deadlines
  • Execution Phase – Tips regarding the relationships with the customer. It this section we continue with the tips on how to execute the project. This time around it will be more devoted to soft tips: how to treat people on the project to get great results.
  • Wrapping up the project. The way you finish the project is of outmost importance. In this section I will show you how to finish the project to maximize the happiness of the customer with the results of the projects as well as to create opportunities for new projects.

I will be adding new sections and lectures in the coming months

 

You will be able also to download many additional resources

  1. Excels with analyses shown in the course
  2. Presentation of slides show in the course
  3. Additional tools show in the course
  4. Links to additional presentations and movies
  5. Links to books worth reading

 

At the end of my course, students will be able to…

  • Manage Consulting Project with your eyes closed
  • Finish the project ahead of time and below the agreed budget
  • Create value for the customer that will help you sell new projects
  • Create finished products that can be reused on other projects
  • Prepare yourself efficiently for the project
  • Create a dream team
  • Become real efficient manager, working on totally different level
Who is the target audience?
  • Project Managers
  • Management Consultants
  • Business Analysts
  • Other managers that have to supervise projects
  • Controllers
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Curriculum For This Course
59 Lectures
02:53:48
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Introduction
3 Lectures 06:30

We begin with little intro into the course as well as some general info on projects.

Introduction
02:23

A few words about your humble teacher

About me
01:47

First you have to establish what does it mean to manage well the project. Here I will define what it does mean for me and what I think you should strive to achieve during your project

What does it mean to manage well the project?
02:20
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Teaching Phase
11 Lectures 36:14

In the second section I will explain the importance of teaching and how to implement it in your team or company. If you want to do fast, efficiently good projects you have to have the right kind of people. You can say that preparation for the consulting project starts with proper teaching. In this section I will discuss how through teaching get good business analysts.

Introduction to Teaching phase
01:47

Consulting is a team work so you have to define what values you want your team to follow. This is crucial as it will be something that will be the bases for the team culture. In this lecture I will show my values that provide good ground for managing properly the consulting project

Values
05:12

As we discuss previously you want to turn inexperienced graduates into seasoned consultants. This gives you greater chances of success during the project. Therefore, you have to define the profile of an ideal consultant and set your team member on the course to achieve this level. In this lecture I will also show you the profile I have defined for an ideal team member

Profile of an ideal team member
02:55

For your team to cooperate you have to create and teach them standards, templates as well as turn into modules as much as possible your process and end-products. In the next lectures I will show you in details how to achieve it

Structure for cooperation
01:46

A lot of things are repetitive. Therefore, it makes sense to standardize everything. In this lecture we will show to do it in practice. 

Standardize everything
04:43

Next step after you created standards is to create templates. In this lecture I will explain how to do it in practice

Create templates
05:27

Here I show you templates of excel analysis

Example of standards and templates for Excel analysis
04:22

Here I will show you main things that you have to master in Excel

Excel - basic things you should know
00:28

Power Pointe presentation is the second most important tools to be used by Business Analyst in his work. After all it is not only important to analyse data and draw conclusions but also to show them in a nice manner to decision makers. Here you will learn basic rules on how to build your Power Point deck in fast and easy manner. You will see also some examples of good and bad slides. There are many advanced tools for presentation (i.e.) Prezi. Still Power Point is the most often used and widely accepted

Power Point - how it should be used by business analyst
05:47

For some things standards cannot be applied straightforward. You need to introduce modules to move forward. I will show you in this lecture how to implement it in practice

Create modules
01:31

Standard folder structure is important  tool to save time and introduce order. I will show you the principles of using it as well as a practical exampl

Create universal structure of folders
02:16
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Preparation Phase
20 Lectures 45:31

Most consulting project are done in a bad manner. A lot of things that should be done ahead of time are done during the project and this slows you down drastically and causes later on a lot of problems. If you prepare properly you can shorten the execution time, create more value and earn more. In this section I will show you how to prepare and what kind of tools to use.

Introduction to preparation phase
03:07

Here I discuss what is issue tree and why you should start with it

Create Issue tree
00:45

Issue tree is a simple yet powerful concept used in consulting for structuring discussion and picking the right topics to concentrate on. In this lecture I will show you the principles of using it as well as a practical example

What is issue tree
01:44

In this lecture I will show you how the issue tree could look like for a retailer

Example of issue trees in Retail
03:46

In this lecture I will show you how the issue tree could look like for logistics

Example of issue trees in Logistics
01:42

The next step is to create the presentation template, using the issue tree you have created. In the next lectures I will show you step by step how to create the template.

Create Presentation Template
01:24

There 10 phases of producing the final presentation. You start with creating the structure of the presentation then you move to making sketches, template and slides. You end up with checking for errors and omissions. I will discuss briefly here each and every stage

Phases of creating a management consulting presentation
02:30

There are 2 types of presentations: presentation that will be read by the customer on his own and presentation that will be delivered to the customer during a meeting. Those presentations different in size, delivery time, animations present in the presentation and last but not least font size. I will be discussing those difference in more detail in this lectur

Presentation for reading vs audience
01:58

In consulting you will be creating all the time different presentations for different purposes. I will discuss in this lecture different purposes and types of presentations

Occasions for which you will create presentations in Management Consulting
03:44

Structure of the presentation
02:49

Once you have the section and chapters you should try to put the messages you want to convey. I will show the example of messages we created for this course

Create the messages
01:37

You should start by sketching the presentation on a piece of paper. There are 4 phase of sketching the presentations I will show them in this lecture. You will also see the sketch for this course

Sketching of the presentation
01:34

After sketching you have to create the template of the slide. I will show you examples of how a sketched slide is turned into a power point slide

Creating the template
02:02

Here I will show you what kind of market research you can make and where you can find more information what market research method to use and how to impelemen it in practice

Conduct the market research
00:52

Here I will show you what rules you should follow when creating the data request

Send data request with formats
03:38

In this lecture I will show you a real example of data request that I have to a customer. He wanted me to optimize processes at his stores.

Data request - example
03:37

In preparation phase you have to define the team and their roles. I will talk briefly her how to do it

Define the team and roles
02:27

How many people and whom you need depends on the type of the project. In this lecture I will show you some examples of team structure for different consulting projects

Typical structure of a project
02:49

You have to also create the schedule of meetings (group meeting and individual ones). In this lecture I will show you example of an overview / schedule that we use for consulting projects

Schedule meetings
02:04

You also have to make sure that you have exchanged all the contact details to important people on the customer side as well as your team members

List of contacts
01:22
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Execution Phase - Technical Tips
14 Lectures 57:23

In section 4 I will show you some technical tips you should follow to make sure that you deliver value to the customers within the deadlines

Introduction to Execution Phase
02:58

Your work as a Project Manager is totally different then the work of a business analyst or consultant. A good project manager doesn’t work directly. He manages people and relations

Why manager should not work?
02:03

In this lecture the tools and ways in which you should manage your team. I will also show you how your daily schedule should look like

How to manage your team?
04:59

Here I will discuss the tools that usually you would use during a consulting project

Tools that your team will need
04:54

To-do list – highly popularized by David Allen in Getting things done are a great tool to make sure that you do the right things at a fast pace. In this lecture we will talk briefly about applying them in practice. I will show you the principles of using it, types of to-do list as well as a practical example, including the one I am using.

How to create a to-do list
09:38

We will talk on the importance of deadlines, types of deadlines and how to set them

Deadlines
02:23

One of the biggest problem for efficiency is the so called Parkinson’s Law – Work expand so as to fill the time available for its completion. People when asked to evaluate the time certain things will take build in buffers. One of the ways to deal with it is the so called Critical chain. Here I will show you what it is

Critical Chain
03:16

You should an interim meetings basically every week. I will discuss in this lecture why it makes a lot of sense

Interim Meetings
04:08

Here I discuss an example of model of FMCG business and use it as to show you how your analyses should look like from the very beginning of the project

Create Excels that are ready for external user
03:51

Analyses should be made from the start according to the standards and look like end product. I will show you in this lecture what are main rules to be followed.

Example of properly done Excel
03:22

Here I will show you how to make sure that you do not get lost in the production of the presentation, when there are a lot of different consultants and business analysts doing some part of the presentation.

Production process of the presentation
05:35

Buy-in is extremely important for the success of your project. I will show in this lecture what it is and how to achieve it 

How to get a buy-in?
03:33

In this lecture I will talk about the importance of formal and informal meetings with the customers

Meetings with the customer
03:24

Overdelivering is the key factor in building long lasting relationship with your customer. Here I will show you how to achieve it

How to overdeliver
03:19
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Execution Phase - Tips regarding the relationships with the customer
8 Lectures 19:56

It this section we continue with the tips on how to execute the project. This time around it will be more devoted to soft tips: how to treat people on the project to get great results.

Introduction to the soft tips
01:58

Usually people talk to their pears. You and your team should build all sort of relations with the customer team. In this lecture I will show you why you should do it and how

Befriend everybody
02:01

You are competitive creature and you want to be in the spotlight but you should not steal ideas from the customer’s team. Always gives credit to specific worker

Give credit and don't steal ideas
01:13

You will be tempted to show the customer the maximal potential savings / results he can get by implementing what you have created. In this lecture I will explain why you should downplay your estimations

Downplay your estimation
03:45

You want to be a star which is ok. Yet as a Project Manager try to give a lot of attention to your team and the team on the customer’s side

Show in good light employees of your customer and your team
01:53

Whenever there is a problem there are two ways to approach it. You can look for the culprit or to try to solve the problem. In this lecture I will show you why concentrating on the problem is much better solution

Concentrate on the problem not on the people
02:19

Time and again you will not know things specific for you customer. There are plenty of reasons for that. I will show you in this lecture why you should admit to that as soon as possible

Admit when you don't know something
02:48

In this lecture I will show you other small tips that I recommend implementing

Other tips
03:59
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Wrapping up the project
3 Lectures 08:14

The way you finish the project is of outmost importance. In this section I will show you how to finish the project to maximize the happiness of the customer with the results of the projects as well as to create opportunities for new projects.

Introduction to wrapping up the project
02:14

In this lecture I will show you tips on how to train the customer how to use the end-products

Train the customer to use your deliverables
03:33

When we talk about transferring the deliverables we have in mind 3 things that have to be done. We will discuss in the lecture what they are and when to use them

Transfer deliverables
02:27
About the Instructor
Asen Gyczew
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21,169 Students
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Expert in performance improvement, turnaround and startups

Expert in performance improvement, startuping and turning-around companies with significant experience both in management as well as in supervision of medium size companies (EUR 20 – 40 million) as well as startups.

Specialties:

Functional experience: performance improvement, strategy development, startups, intrapreneurship, post-merger integration and cost reduction, due diligence;

Industry experience: SMCG (domestic appliances, furniture, ceramic tiles), FMCG (cosmetics, juice, meat), retail (electronics, convenience shops, pharmaceuticals, DIY, vending), B2B (aluminum system, plywood, alcohol, reagents, loading systems), services (MRO, consulting, outsourcing)

Countries: Poland, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine