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Windward partners with client organizations in the private sector, government agencies, and nonprofit groups to deliver customized training, workshops, and consulting to address project management challenges and learning objectives.
Windward supports a broad range of professions and industries including engineering, aerospace, automotive, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, construction, energy, technology research and development, scientific research, telecommunications, insurance, and finance.
Client Issue: This advanced technology company needed to improve the understanding and use of earned value management (EVM) to ensure that project performance was properly measured and reported. Client specific training was essential for project teams to achieve this objective.
Solution: In partnership with the training sponsors, Windward created and delivered multiple sessions of an EVM course with customized practice scenarios.
Client Comments: The instructor was very engaging which kept the material flowing and interesting. Very good use of simple examples related to the topics. Understanding terminology will be useful. Enjoyed the instructor, clearly very knowledgeable and easy to follow.
Client Issue: A government agency was tasked with increasing work group project management skills and improving project processes.
Solution: Windward began this engagement with an executive briefing followed by a series of interviews with work group team members. A two-part tailored training program was presented with deliverables assigned between sessions. Work group outcomes were discussed in instructor facilitated team sessions.
Client Comments: Good information and good presentation skills. Key concepts will help my workgroup define and organize project tasks. Course provided valuable tools and a process structure to help. I wanted to enhance project management skills; I benefited from this training.
Client Issue: Milestones were not being met by contractors of this nonprofit education and research organization.
Solution: Windward meetings with senior leadership provided focus for a project management course to emphasize contractor requirements, accountability, and interpretation of contractor performance data. The training engagement was enhanced with consulting sessions and a milestone development workshop for projects in the pipeline.
Client Comments: Training provided clear, logical explanations of the fundamentals of project management. Instructor was excellent, informative, comprehensive, engaging. The case study activities were the strongest features of this course because they allowed us to work in teams and more clearly understand the concepts.
Client Issue: A workforce development office within a leading biomedical research agency sought project management training for contracting officers and research staff.
Solution: Windward designed a project management curriculum for this organization and delivered multiple classes over several years. Courses included project management fundamentals, managing project risk, and earned value management.
Client Comments: Great instruction and a really useful training. Course provided a formal structure for what I had mostly picked up from on-the-job common sense. It was nice and helpful to learn the formal approach. Instructor is very experienced in this area and knows how to encourage participation.