How to Manage Your Startup as a Project

Workshop Overview

Entrepreneurs work on a one page project template to establish their business execution plan for their new concept. All the details regarding strategy, market research, competitive edge, funding, logistics have to be developed separately as components. The focus of the workshop is to come up with a phased life cycle framework for planning, tracking and follow-up on the important milestones for your startup. This becomes the framework or roadmap that the entrepreneur will follow to successfully manage his or her first critical year of operation, while having an early warning measurement for issues and problems, which offers an opportunity to manage ad solve them in a proactive manner.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and Apply the Project Management Planning Framework
  • Develop a Stakeholder Register
  • Draft Project Planning Documents for your new startup
  • Practice newly-acquired project management skills
  • Benchmark results against peers and get feedback from an expert in the field
  • Produce a complete project plan based on your business case

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Project Planning Framework
  • Brainstorming Project Ideas & Forming Project Groups
  • Stakeholder Register
  • WBS including Market Research, Strategizing, Funding, Setup, Legal, Administrative, Marketing, Sales, Logistics, Digitization, Quality, Client Feedback and other domains
  • Business Setup Schedule for the First Year
  • High Level Budgeting and Cash Flow
  • Staffing and Resources
  • Risk Management

Course Duration

7 Hours

Workshop Format

Interactive sessions with many exercises, discussions and in class group workshops

Intended Audience

The workshop is intended for entrepreneurs considering a new startup, or those who already initiated a new concept or business during the early phases. Enterprise entrepreneurs also benefit, especially those on the growth cycle, opening new branches or looking to transform their innovations into practical new successful products or services.

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