MIP:   Managing International Projects

International Project Managers face dazzling challenges. To be successful, they must understand critical cultural differences and best project management practices, as well as their implications on the design and execution of international projects.  Successful project managers tailor team communica­tion to expectations and preferences, initiate international projects effectively, master the virtual team challenges of distance, culture, and languages, and execute the right strategies to anticipate, prevent, and/or resolve conflicts.

If you manage or contribute to an international project or program, Managing International Projects  will teach you the skills for success.  Taught by instructors with extensive project and program management experience, this interactive workshop includes explanations, tools sets, and practice using case examples from a variety of industries and project settings.

We offer two versions, the full three-day workshop and an abbreviated two-day class.  While the latter provides the basics, the full workshop offers more extensive cultural information, case studies, and practice. In addition, we offer the same content in a combination of two online classes.

    Key Learning Areas
    Topics Covered
    PMBOK® Knowledge Areas
    Target Audience

Project Management Professionals®
receive 24 PDU credits for the full three days, 16 PDUs for the two-day version

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Key Learning Areas:

  • Cultural differences that matter in an international project environment

  • Effective communication across cultures and ways to obtain information and feedback

  • Leveraging specific cultural characteristics in order to speed up international projects and achieve high rates of success

  • Effective ways to initiate, plan, kick-off, execute, monitor & control, and close international projects, apply cross-cultural virtual team protocols and best practices, and prevent or resolve conflict

Topics Covered

1.  Culture and Project Management

  • Cultural differences impacting international project success

  • The expanded role of relationships in international business and multicultural projects

2.  The Successful International Project Manager

  • The Assumption Pitfall

  • Influencing stakeholder decisions

  • Qualities of outstanding International Project Managers

  • Adjusting leadership style to cultural context

  • Managing upward and leading projects in matrix organizations

  • Strategies, best practices and effective tools for virtual team managers

  • Effective versus efficient behaviors and practices

3.  Initiating International Projects

  • Objectives of Project Initiation

  • Special requirements of the international project environment

  • Effects of distance, language, and culture on charter and scope definitions

4.  Planning International Projects

  • Managing bosses and other stakeholders

  • Critical differences in domestic and international project planning requirements: WBS; activity definition & sequencing; resource estimating

  • HR planning: roles and responsibilities; cross-cultural factors in team motivation and rewards

  • Communications planning: best practices; face-to-face versus virtual; responsibility matrix; escalation paths; effective tools

  • Risk management planning: identification; analysis; response planning

  • Planning and delivering the international project kick-off meeting

5.  Executing, Monitoring and Controlling International Projects

  • HR management: international team assembly; development and maintenance requirements

  • Communications management: plan/scope updates; information distribution; work performance information

  • Conflict management: sources of conflict; risks; effective prevention strategies

  • Change management: change requests; decision making; escalation

6.  Closing International Projects

  • Special considerations in international contract closure


Day 1:  Effective Collaboration in International Settings
            Focus: Cultural Dimensions, cross-cultural communication,
            best practices in international project work

Day 2:  Initiating International Projects
            Focus: Project initiation, project planning, effective kick-off
            meetings, managing key stakeholders

Day 3:  Managing Remotely and Preventing/Resolving Cross-
            Cultural Conflicts

            Focus: Project execution, project monitoring & controlling,
            conflict prevention and intervention

PMBOK® Knowledge Areas covered:

  • Project Integration Management

  • Project Scope Management

  • Project Quality Management

  • Project Time Management

  • Project Cost Management

  • Project Risk Management

  • Project Human Resource Management

  • Project Procurement Management

  • Project Communications Management

  • Project Stakeholder Management

Target Audience:

  • Project managers working with international project teams

  • Project managers working with foreign collaborative development or outsourcing partners

  • Team members assigned to international projects

Click the link to go to  UTD's secure online registration page.

Please leave your contact information if you would like to stay informed
about upcoming workshops and online classes
To register for individual workshops, or to inquire about in-house offerings, please call the UTD project management office at  +1-972-883-5802  or e-mail us at  info@managingprojectsacrossborders.com

    Workshop fee:  $1,495 for full three-day workshop
                               $995 for abbreviated two-day version
    ( Company and UTD Student discounts available )

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