Practical introduction to the management of strategic projects

Masterclass: Project Management for Executive Requests

Strategic projects are usually initiated quite spontaneously by executives and board members in order to obtain results on particularly important topics at short notice, with the highest quality. Based on sometimes inaccurate descriptions, presentations are to be developed, prototypes built, problems solved or evaluations conducted to help the company in difficult times or to support management in decision-making.

Particularly in uncertain economic times, board members and managing directors, who act in the area of conflict between vision and feasibility, often have to change priorities on a daily basis and provide new impetus to the team. Decisions have to be made quickly, even though many stakeholders with different interests are involved in the decision-making process. This pressure is passed on to project managers, who then have to meet the requests and put the plan into action in the shortest possible time. The pressure associated with the enormous expectations of superiors makes it necessary not only to perfect, but above all to adapt classic project management in order to successfully complete even such strategic projects.

Dr. Michael Perscheid, as SAP chair deputy of Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner at the Hasso Plattner Institute, and VP for Chairman and Strategic Projects at SAP, can look back on many years of practical experience as a project manager for one of Germany’s top managers.

Rich in experience, he might have done one or two things differently today, but he would also have kept many things the same; after all, that’s what allowed him to climb the career ladder. Looking back, he might have done one or two things differently today, or even better. At the same time, his success proves him right, and he now shares the wealth of experience he has gained over the years exclusively in the Masterclass at the HPI Academy.


Goals and contents of the workshop

In our 2-day workshop, we will give you an insight into efficient and successful project management and enable you in this application-oriented masterclass to implement strategic projects, such as initiated by executives. We provide all aspects of project management with case studies and exercises so that you gain application confidence.

  • Introduction to efficient and successful project management
  • Manage projects for C-level stakeholder groups such as. Executive Boards
  • Pitching to and reporting to executives


2 Days


The Masterclass takes place in a group of maximum 25 participants.

Target audience

The Masterclass is aimed at (board) officers, personal assistants, staff positions, department heads, consultants, and anyone who manages small, large, or important projects.


1.250 EUR (plus VAT)

Included in the workshop

The participantsInside receive a Participationcertificate.

More information

This masterclass will be held as a live event at the HPI Academy campus in Potsdam Babelsberg. Implementation via videoconference (Zoom) is not planned, but may be offered if the pandemic situation develops.

Your workshop days in an overview

Day 1

  • Sharing experiences and managing expectations of the Masterclass.
  • Introduction to project management
  • Behind the scenes – Board of Management inquiries
  • Scope, integration and schedule management in the application
  • Cost, quality and resource management in application

Start: 09.00 End: 17.00
(breaks as needed)

Day 2

  • Communication management in application
  • Risk, procurement and stakeholder management
  • Pitching at the board level with time as a scarce resource
  • How do I organize myself?
  • Wrap-Up and Reflection

Start: 09.00 End: 17.00
(breaks as needed)