Much as you to design the software system, you must design the project: from
accurately calculating the planned duration and cost,
to devising several good execution options, scheduling resources, and even validating
your plan, to ensure it is sensible and feasible. This requires understanding the inner dependencies between services and activities, the critical path of integration, the staff distribution and the risks involved.
All of these challenges stem from your system design and addressing them properly is a hard core engineering task – designing the project. This design task requires both the project manager and the architect to work closely
together to determine the best overall plan.
The Project Design Master Class will take you to a new level as project managers
and architects. The class shares IDesign's original battle proven techniques
and methodologies that so far have only been the privilege of IDesign's
direct customers. You will master the core body of knowledge and skills
required of modern software project design. IDesign will mentor you how to
gain credibility and perfect communication with top management by providing
real life, repeatable and workable options for the project - solutions that balance cost, schedule and
risk. Practicing our techniques feels as if "the blinders are off", enabling
you to mechanize most aspects of project design while relaying on the
and making the most of other tools.
Assuming no prior knowledge, the class covers the essentials of the critical path method, a technique admirably suited for complex software systems and arguably,
the only one that works. By modeling the project as a network you eliminate the bias and objectively
calculate schedule and cost. You will understand the typical behavior of a
project, how it is affected by limiting resource and schedule, and what recurring techniques and approaches to leverage as you cope with
With these basics in place, you will proceed to see the IDesign Method approach for project design, which enables you to determine the best overall plan across architecture, schedule, cost and risk.
The IDesign Method for project design converges on the best and even optimal solution for the project while eliminating gambling, death marches, wishful thinking, and expensive trial and errors.
Next the class discussed some advanced project design techniques such as the project time-cost curve, schedule acceleration with network compression and crashing, and IDesign's original risk quantifying techniques. Since there are several design
solutions for every project, some more aggressive than others, you must objectively measure the risk of each option and evaluate the project design
solutions in light of risk as well as cost and duration.
But no project plan survives unscathed the first day of execution – priorities, resources, deadlines, estimations and features will change, and you must constantly adapt the plan for the new reality. The class will show you IDesign's techniques for closing the loop by tracking both progress and effort
across developers and services and containing the impact of changes, allowing you to constantly stay on schedule and on budget.
The class ends with a comprehensive case study and walks through its various
permutations in determining the best plan that will keep the project on time
all the time at the best risk and cost available. Moreover, the case study
not only demonstrates end-to-end flow of project design across iterations,
but it also demonstrates the thought process and rationale behind the decisions, our practical approach for using tools, how to integrate and compensate
for their shortcomings and utilizing the IDesign templates.
While most training classes merely stack modules, focusing on a single topic at a time, the Project Design Master Class uses a spiral, and each iteration gains more insight across multiple topics,
providing the motivation and objectives for next iteration, thus mimicking the natural learning process. Each such iteration incorporates hands-on labs to cement the concepts and practice the techniques.
In the class you will also receive the IDesign's original tools, metrics, thumb rules, project design templates, and reference projects.
Don’t miss on this unique opportunity to learn and improve your project design skills with IDesign, and share our passion for excellence and project engineering,
gain from our extensive experience of numerous projects design and profound insight on architecture, the process and its application.
While the class will open new horizons for you about project design
and the possibilities, we recognize you often need to educate others
even on the basics. You may find our project design call for action
instrumental in getting support for transforming your environment.
Any project manager, architect, development manager or even aspiring senior developer wanting to grow their skill set would benefit greatly from the class. The class's specific objective is to train the
project manager and the architect of the same solution to work together synergistically, so it is particularity suited for such a pair to attend together.
5 very challenging days.
Project Design Method Overview
- The core team
- Development plan
- Product life cycle
- Service life cycle
- Estimations techniques
- Services integration plan
- Staffing distribution
- Scheduling activities
- Viability and risk
- Figuring cost
- Tracking progress and effort
- Roles and responsibilities
- Project as a network diagram
- Node vs. arrow diagrams
- Critical path pre-requisites
- Identifying critical path
- Calculating floats
- Floats and scheduling
- Proactive risk management
- Time-Cost curve
- Points on Time-Cost curve
- Solutions and feasibility
- Cost elements
- Staffing and cost
- Critical path compression
- Activity crashing
- Project crashing
- Risk curve
- Risk and floats
- Modeling risk
- Criticality risk index
- Activity Risk index
- Exponential risk behavior
- Risk decompression
- Tracking risk
Project Design in Action
- Architecture and dependencies
- Complexity reduction
- Adding activities
- Fuzzy front end
- Tools and network diagram
- Working with/around MS-Project
- Abstracting network diagram
- Staffing requirements
- Planning assumptions
- Network and resources
- Staffing distribution
- Floats analysis
- Infrastructure and dependencies
- Design with limited resources
- Design with sub-critical resources
- Milestones identification
- Project compression and crashing
- Accelerating schedule
- Team throughput analysis
- Building and modeling Time Cost curve
- Quantifying Risk
- Risk decompression
- Planning and risk
Project Design Mini-Clinic
- Project walkthrough
- Planning assumptions
- Normal solution
- SDP presentations and review
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What a useful and beautiful experience for one week. If you are frustrated, lacking energy and demotivated after seeing and experiencing many failed attempts of our industry, this class is a boost of rejuvenation. It takes you to the next level of professional maturity and also gives you the hope and confidence that you can apply things properly. And it is for both architects and project managers. You will leave the Project Design Master Class with a new mindset and enough priceless tools that will give you no excuse to ever fail a software project. You get to practice, you get your hands dirty, you get insight and experience. Yes, you CAN be accurate when it is time to provide your stakeholders with the cost, the time and the risk of a project. For a (too short) week it is also a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with your peers and work and learn together under Juval's legendary supervision. Now, just don’t wait for a company to send you to this class. If you are serious about your career, you should hurry to take this or any IDesign master classes. It is the best self-investment you can make. Thank you Juval and the entire great team of IDesign masters for your continuous efforts in helping the software industry become a solid engineering discipline.
The Project Design Master Class will have a greater impact on the time and cost of my projects than any methodology or technology that I have acquired to date. This course gives you the ability to put forth multiple project designs that vary from least cost to least time and everything in between. You will learn how to associate risk with each project design option and give your organization a powerful platform to make sound business decisions. Understanding the real trends of the project and what corrective actions to take before things get out of hand will be invaluable to me as an architect and provide a tremendous ROI to my company. I highly recommend this class to architects and project managers who place value on completing their projects on time and on budget. Simply stated, you can’t afford not to attend.
Chief Architect of Research and Development
High Street Partners
In the Project Design Master class, Juval proved software projects can be delivered on time and on budget you committed all the time. This class was full of ideas, practical techniques and tools to do just that. Key to this approach is proper execution of the fuzzy front end where high level requirements and architecture lead to accurate estimate to produce multiple project plans. You then examine each project plan with regards to cost, duration, staffing, risk factor and efficiency. Juval also provided a standard model for staffing, quantifying risk and efficiency. Putting these together you can validate your project design against the standard model and common project deign patterns. When it is time to execute the project, Juval presented effective metrics acting as sensors to measure the health of the project and the threshold values to act and the typical corrective measures. I recommend Architects and Project Managers taking this class together. Thank you for providing us the "secret sauce" to be successful, every time, all the time.
Sabre Hospitality Solutions
This unique class taught more about project design than I had previously learned throughout my entire career. A deep dive into the methodology, combined with real-life examples and the ability to practice during the class to try out the newly learned technics made it a very intense and productive week. I am ready to help my organization to take software projects to the new level. The skills also nicely complement the knowledge from the Architect's Master Class. I am convinced this is the way to design modern software projects. It is important to note that while project management takes care of properly executing a project and is usually performed by the project manager, designing a project is an engineering task and as such it requires that both the project manager and the architect be involved and cooperate on the project design. This is why the class is a must for software architects as well as project managers.
The Project Design Master Class is life-changing event. The class didn’t just teach modern project design; it has given me tremendous energy to take my career to a whole new level. I wish I had an opportunity to learn the project design techniques from Juval long time back. The knowledge I gained in those 5 days were immense and I don’t think I could obtain that much knowledge by reading textbooks or even by doing a PhD! I really enjoyed the mini clinic that was the class finale. It provided me an opportunity to realize that given the right set of tools and training (of course from IDesign!), project design and the follow up project management will be very easy! Thank you Juval, you are truly a legend and I thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
Application Development Coordinator
Central Rural Electric Cooperative
I have attended the Architect's Master Class, the Architecture Clinic, the WCF Master Class, and even had a week-long project design working session with Juval (which was an absolute treat). During that working session I remember telling Juval that I was not sure that many architects who took the Architect’s Master Class would have the necessary skills to produce an accurate and well considered development plan. He was somewhat surprised by my thoughts on this, but apparently others have been whispering the same thing in his ear. Enter the Project Design Master Class.
It was tremendously rewarding attending the Project Design Master Class, seeing that Juval has organized his experience and skills into a digestible insightful curriculum. All of the stressful unknowns and variables that can come at a project are in fact completely irrelevant to project design. There is no reason the be paralyzed! After going to the Architect’s Master Class, I knew
*what* I had to do to succeed, I just didn’t really know how or even the finer points of why. The Project Design Master Class teaches a straight-forward way to mechanize approaching and producing the project design. For example, counter intuitively, you can and often must
start the project design without knowing how many developers you’ll have and who is will be doing what activity. This class will teach you how to come up with the best options available, what tradeoffs to be aware of, what causes certain project death, as well as what matters and what does not to this stage of a project. Our job as architects is to create a menu of all good choices that management can consider. The class meets this goal and much more. Thanks to IDesign for the great and eye opening week!
Enterprise Architect - Applications
Prior to taking the Architect Master Class (AMC) and the Project Design Master Class (PDMC), my company was attuned to past due and over-budget software projects that were usually riddled with bugs. We had come to accept that this was normal in software development. In other words, we were used to failure. After taking the AMC in 2010, we decided to apply a disciplined approach using the IDesign Method to an upcoming software development project. Over a year ago, we finished the project and our client has gone live on their brand new system. To this day, we haven’t gotten a single support call . We actually had to call the client to make sure that they were still using the software. Our team now has a proven method to deliver software. The PDMC complements the AMC by teaching us a methodology to design a project plan based on our software architecture. During the five day course, we learned about estimation techniques, quantifying risk, project staffing, planning and the math behind the mechanics of project design. It was an amazing five days with the IDesign team. We were given the secret ingredients to the project design sauce. After taking the AMC and PDMC, my company is now equipped with the tools to provide our clients with successful project delivery and software design. The IDesign Team and Juval Lowy are simply awesome!
Plasma Web Services
I am the director of my company's Project Management Office (PMO). The Project Design Master Class is truly an eye opening experience and gives an entire new discipline to augment commonly known project management practices. Having attended the class, I now know why past projects have failed and what needs to be done to make future projects successful. Great Project management alone is insufficient for a viable project. It takes designing the project to deliver complex software projects on time, cost and quality. This is the goal of our PMO, thus this battle proven class is an excellent resource in establishing guidelines and driving projects success. It is obvious why Juval is so well regarded as his knowledge is truly remarkable. The fact that he supplies templates to facilitate optimizing project design is invaluable as it enables you to hit the ground running by demystifying the process, associated data and calculations. I can highly recommend this project to any professional that is responsible for the success of project output but especially software development professionals that deal with highly complex systems. Down with agile, up with project design! I plan to use this knowledge to reshape my organization and accelerate the success rate of the company projects and my career. I can’t thank Juval enough for putting things in plain and simple terms and reminding us all of the responsibility we have to our organizations.
Director of Project Management
Campbell & Company
I am still raving to my colleagues and customers about what I learned. The class has raised the bar of my own expectations of the success of software projects. Ensuring that the customer is happy at the conclusion of a major project is no longer good enough. Now I must deliver the project on time and on budget as well as delighting the customer. The class mechanises the project design process to the point that this is not only possible but repeatable. While the IDesign Architect's Master Class and Architecture Clinic give you the tools to design software systems the Project Design Master Class gives you the skills to deliver the system with all of the real-world constraints and limitations that we all deal with on a near daily basis. The class acknowledges these challenges faced by every architect and confronts them head-on. From designing the project to risk analysis to team management and stakeholder communication the class covers a wide variety of topics - all of which are essential to the success of a software project. I have already been able to apply many of the techniques learned to existing projects.
Nothing beats having the confidence to present definitive project cost, duration and risk curves and numbers to senior management with the knowledge that you can back up those numbers and then deliver the project to your estimates. The long exercise on the real project at the end of the week was perhaps the most startling part - the estimates we calculated matched the other teams with an astounding level of accuracy - really proving the points of the class.
Call Design Pty Ltd
The Project Design Master Class has once again took everything I’ve known about software engineering and stood it on its head. This should not really have surprised me, since the Architect Master class and Architecture Clinic had the same impact on me in terms of software architecture and development. The IDesign classes have literally changed everything I thought I understood about my career.
The Project Design Master Class teaches how to truly apply engineering to accurately design software projects. This is not waterfall development, this is true industrial engineering design applied to software projects. It is how to be agile. For example, instead of crude assumptions, I can now accurately measure the impact of every change request, and respond accordingly. During planning I can deliver multiple project designs options including staffing allocation, and do that quickly, in minute fractions compared to the overall scope of the project. Using the Method It literally takes mere days for a regular projects or few weeks for projects that are scoped into years.
The value of producing multiple project designs in extremely rapid iterations is manifested in giving the business choices. Choices about cost, duration and the risk of the project. And the class goes beyond project design. Once development starts, a solid project design allows you to track the exact percentage of completion. No more we’re 90% done, 90% of the time. Between the Architect's Master Class and the Project Design Master Class you get tools to detect and respond properly to a project that has just started to leave the track. This is entirely the opposite compared to agile and other no project design methodologies that have you respond after you’ve already careened into the ditch.
Senior Software Architect
Insurance Marketing Technology
Over the years I have attended lot of various project management seminars, classes, and courses. Some promise methodologies or process improvements but rarely do you leave the course with practical and actionable information or tools. The IDesign Master class on Project design not only gave me the theory and expert advice on how to better manage complex software implementations but Juval and the IDesign instructors gave me battle tested methods I use every day. On the first day back in the office, I was able to immediately review active projects with a new set of tools and insight. Now, a few months later, I have my entire production team focused on reviewing earned value graphs and thinking about the design of their projects. I would highly recommend the IDesign course for anyone who works in software development.
Senior Program Manager
The Project Design Master Class fully delivered on its promises to take its attendees to the next level in their career as architects and project managers. IDesign makes a compelling case for a consistent, structured, and mechanical approach to system and project design, navigating through complex issues such as staffing, team dynamics, life cycles, estimations, earned value, and project tracking with remarkable agility.
The week can be likened to a crucible as ideas are challenged and impurities are burned away by invaluable insight into the behavior of projects as dynamic systems and how changing boundary conditions can dramatically impact the entire entity.
Most impressive is a dead-simple method for evaluating a project’s risk and how to design the project in a way that provides phenomenal visibility by modeling the relationship between time, cost, and risk.
The class culminates in a mini-clinic that allows students to practice project design and the soft skills need to present key deliverables to decision makers.
While a lot of the topics (but not the material) can be found in traditional project management the value of this class is that Juval Lowy is, at heart, an engineer. And, with the Project Design Master Class, Juval has managed to take the mystery out of project design and reduce it to a completely mechanical engineering discipline. Any project manager that has ever tried to determine whether a given activity chain or project was “high” or “low” risk will immediately recognize the benefit to such a rock solid methodology that is also wonderfully demystified. As a project manager and architect, I cannot recommend this course more highly. For the novices this course provides all of the practical tools needed to effectively design and run a project, and for the veteran project manager it is an incredibly potent booster shot that you can’t afford to ignore.
Application Architect, CAPM
I wanted to extend my gratitude to you for conducting the class and sharing your knowledge and expertise. I have witnessed the same recurring pain points throughout my career, across multiple organizations, due to a lack of effort and rigor in the methodology by which software system projects are designed and implemented. Too often, a lack of attention in this area causes great ideas and effort to never be realized in the market. Your class provides real, actionable and applicable methods for taking an engineering approach to designing the implementation plan to ensure successful delivery of a software system. The IDesign Method will be put into use as practical solutions to both creating a framework for collaboration between the Engineering and Project Management offices within our organization, but also as a means to ensure reproducible, measured and efficient processes to ensure timely, cost effective and high quality delivery of our projects.
Director of Engineering