Project Management Essentials

The ability of a project manager to demonstrate best practices in project management on the job is becoming standard in order to compete in today’s fast-paced and highly technical workforce. In this course students will learn how to apply the formally recognized practices of project management to successfully manage projects. Materials for this course are a valuable on-the-job resource. Files for simulated hands-on activities and exercises included on a CD-ROM, enable students to practice new skills. This course is approved by the Project Management Institute and is eligible for 18 Professional Development Units (PDUs).

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Intended Audience

This course is designed for any individual needing to perform project management activities in their job role on either a formal or informal basis, or any project team members who want to enhance their knowledge of project management in order to interact more productively with a project manager and perform more effectively on a project team. 

At Completion

  • Identify the basic concepts and terminology of professional project management
  • Launch a project
  • Estimate project work
  • Create a project schedule
  • Plan project costs
  • Plan for project risks
  • Plan for project quality and compliance
  • Manage human resources for your project
  • Manage project procurements
  • Plan for change management and plan for the project scope
  • Monitor and optimize project schedule and cost
  • Monitor quality of project work and the risks involved
  • Plan communication strategies and manage stakeholder relationships
  • Perform project closure

 

Prerequisites

Students should have completed Project Management Fundamentals, a course which will provide knowledge of terminology, roles and concepts of project management.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is also required. 

Exams & Certifications

?None

Materials

?Student Workbook and supplimental handout


Getting Started with Project Management

  • Describe the basics of project management
  • Recognize the factors influencing a project

Launching Projects

  • Identify how an organization selects projects
  • Identify stakeholders and their expectations
  • Identify the project scope
  • Prepare an effective Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Formally authorize a project through a project chart

Estimating Project Work

  • Estimate project effort and resources using the top-down estimation technique
  • Estimate project effort and resources using the bottom-up estimation technique
  • Identify the techniques used to reduce risks in project estimate

Creating a Project Schedule

  • Illustrate project flow
  • Identify activity resources
  • Schedule project work

Planning Project Costs

  • Estimate project costs
  • Establish the cost baseline
  • Reconcile funding and cost

Planning for Risks

  • Create a risk management plan
  • Identify project risks and their causes
  • Analyze risks
  • Develop a risk response plan

Planning for Quality and Compliance

  • Create a quality management plan to deliver the expected project results
  • Verify project compliance requirements

Managing Human Resources

  • Plan your dream team
  • Put the project team together
  • Build the team; manage the project team
  • Identify steps to assess team performance

Managing Project Procurements

  • Plan for project procurements
  • Conduct a make-or-buy analysis
  • Obtain responses from vendors
  • Examine types of contracts and warranties
  • Manage vendors and procurements

Managing Change During Project Execution

  • Execute the planned project
  • Transition from planning to implementing
  • Define the PMIS and identify common PMIS problems
  • Manage project changes
  • Avoid scope creep
  • Identify change control systems
  • Monitor the project scope

Monitoring and Controlling Project Schedule and Cost

  • Monitor and control the project schedule
  • Understand Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Optimize the project schedule
  • Understand schedule compression and fast-tracking
  • Crashing the schedule
  • Monitor and control project costs

Monitoring Risk and Quality

  • Monitor and control project risk
  • Put quality plans into action
  • Use quality assurance tools
  • Control the quality of the project
  • Conduct root cause analysis
  • Use Pareto charts

Communicating and Reporting

  • Communicate effectively using various methods
  • Distribute project information
  • Manage stakeholder relationships and expectations
  • Report on project performance

Closing the Project

  • Deliver the project to the customer or the operations team
  • Close project procurements
  • Wrap-up a project


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