UCLA Extension

Strategic Project Management

Course No. B2, Period 2

This course equips you with a powerful interactive thinking tool and a step-by-step process to successfully tackle complex problems, projects issues, and opportunities of all types.

You’ll discover a strategic approach to project and program design that is missing from conventional Project Management. You’ll learn to apply a breakthrough planning system called The Logical Framework Approach (LFA) which systematically links your project to key strategic goals. This unique system helps teams set precise objectives, define success measures, pinpoint risk, and manage projects as ongoing learning systems and experiments.

The LFA combines key concepts from Strategic planning, Project Management, and the scientific method into a practical system that has been proven to add exceptional value and clarity in virtually any setting.

You will learn:

  • The four critical strategic questions you must ask
  • How to turn fuzzy goals and objectives into clear action plans
  • A common language that gets everyone on the same page
  • How to identify risk and reduce problems before they strike
  • Using causal thinking to develop a clear strategic hypothesis

How to “RAP” – use Rapid Action Planning to design a complex project quickly while building a strong team

Bring along a real project or performance issue to work on, and you’ll develop a ready-to-use action strategy for the topic of your choice.

This approach adds special value at the “fuzzy front end”, and applies to diverse topics, including R&D, information technology, systems development, team building, process improvement, implementing change initiatives, talent development and other complex issues.

LFA is ideal for rapidly turning cross-functional task forces and other diverse groups into committed and effective teams. The bottom line: Critical projects will reach their goals faster, smoother, and with fewer problems along the way.

Note: Mr. Schmidt’s 2 courses (A1 and B2) complement each other. A1 guides you in the identifying appropriate strategies, while B2 guides you in developing implementation plans. Each can be taken alone. Those with major planning roles will benefit from both courses. Course B2 is suited to those with project responsibilities but not strategic planning responsibilities.

Terry D. Schmidt, MBA, PMP, SMPSchmidt_Terry

Founder, www.ManagementPro.com

Terry Schmidt has earned an international reputation as a management consultant, strategic thinker, and project management expert, with over 30 years experience assisting corporations, governments, and research institutions in 36 countries worldwide.

Mr. Schmidt is the recognized as the leading consultant/trainer in the Logical Framework Approach. He worked with the original “LogFrame” development team and adapted this approach from the international development context to the needs of the private sector and technology organizations.  His latest book Strategic Project Management Made Simple popularized the approach and makes it available to a wider audience.

His clients include eBay, Symantec, DIRECTV, Blizzard Entertainment, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sony Electronics, Walt Disney Imagineering, Los Angeles County Assessor, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Labs, Nokia, and the Bank of Thailand. He also has assisted virtually every U.S. federal government and Washington state agency.

Mr. Schmidt won the coveted Charles T. Main Award from the ASME. He has been is cited in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the World. He holds a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard University.

This course was transformative – not only for the processes and methodologies learned but also for the thought strategies. I will apply these learned in life and at work. “
– Vincent Francoeur, Design Director, Blizzard Entertainment