Project Management Concepts (PM12)

In today’s dynamically changing business environment projects are initiated under tighter budgetary, resource and time constraints than ever before. This seminar focuses on the core project management skills required to manage any project and will provide the attendees with proven "real life" tools and techniques applied to a case study.

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About this Course

In today’s dynamically changing business environment projects are initiated under tighter budgetary, resource and time constraints than ever before. This seminar focuses on the core project management skills required to manage any project and will provide the attendees with proven "real life" tools and techniques applied to a case study.

Audience Profile

Project Leaders, Team Leaders, Project Managers, Line of Business Coordinators, who are responsible for the delivery of projects in a cross-functional environment.

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a foundation in core project management concepts.
  • Apply core project management concepts to managing projects.
  • Discover and apply project management tools and techniques applicable to each phase of a project’s Life Cycle.

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Introduction

Course Goals

                Student Introductions

                Class Objectives

                Class Materials

                Class Norms

 

Unit 2 – The Framework for Project Management

            What is a Project?

How do you define success?

Project Constraints

Where do projects come from?

Why is there interest in project management?

What is Project Management?

Goals of Project Management

Exercise – Word Association

Role of the Project Manager

Program Management/Portfolio Management

Role of the PMO

Phases & Life Cycles

Product Life Cycle

What is a Process?

Underlying PM Concept

 

Unit 3 – Concept Phase

            Business Case for the project

            Project Initiation

            Stakeholders

            Stakeholder Analysis

            Exercise – Identify Project Stakeholders

            Project Charter

            Project Objectives

            Exercise – Develop a Project Charter

            Project Approach/Methodology

            Managing Uncertainty

            Progressive Elaboration

            Rolling Wave Planning          

           

Unit 4 – Planning Phase

            Planning Processes

            Project Management Plan

            Developing the Project Management Plan

            Project Management Plan Contents

            The Management Plans

            Project Scope Management Plan

            Exercise – Review a Project Scope Management Plan

            Gathering Requirements

            Scope Statement

            Assumptions

            Constraints

            Exercise – Create a Project Scope Statement

            Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

            Product-oriented WBS

            Process-oriented WBS

            Steps for Decomposing a project

            Exercise – Develop a WBS

 

            Developing the schedule

            Determining the Activities

            Activity Lists

            Exercise – Develop an Activity List

            Activity Dependencies

            Schedule Network Diagrams

            Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM)

            Types of PDM Dependencies

            Leads and Lags

            Exercise – Create a Project Schedule Network Diagram

Estimating Task Durations

Duration vs. Effort

            Estimating techniques

            Exercise – Estimate Activity Durations

            Estimate Resource Requirements

            Developing the Schedule

            Schedule Analytical Techniques        

            Critical Path Method (CPM)

            Exercise – CPM Calculation

            CPM Critical Path      

            Exercise – Develop the Project Schedule and Identify the Critical Path

            Gantt Charts

            Schedule Compression

            Exercise – Compress a project schedule

            Resource Leveling

            Schedule Reserves

            Developing the Project Budget

            Cost Baseline Curve

            Cost Estimates

            Determining the Cost Baseline

            Cost Reserves

            Exercise – Develop a high-level Project Budget

            What is Quality?

            Cost of Quality

            Product vs. Process Quality

            Planning for Quality

            The Quality Management Plan

            Quality Management Plan Components

            Exercise – Review a Project Quality Management Plan

            Planning Project Communications

            Communication Concerns

            Project Communications Management Plan Components

            Communications Planning Table

            Exercise – Create a Communications Plan   

            Project Risk

            Risk Planning

            Risk Characteristics

            Risk Management – A Structured Approach

            Risk Management Planning

            Risk Identification

            Exercise – Identify Project Risks

            Risk Assessment

            What is a Probability/Impact Grid?

            Exercise – Assess the previously identified risks

,           Responding to Risks

            Risk Response Strategies

            Exercise – Plan Risk Responses

            Contracting on a Project

            Setting the Performance Measurement Baselines

            Variance Analysis

 

Unit 5 – Construction Phase

            Project Plan Execution

            Tracking and Controlling Activities

            Distribute Performance Information

            Quality Assurance

            Quality Control

            Testing

            Project Team Development

            Stages of Team Development

            Risk Tracking

            Risk Control

            Issues Management

            Calculating Variance

            Exercise – Determining variances off the project plan

            Project Reviews

            Performance Reporting

            Reacting to Variances

            Exercise – Make recommendations for dealing with project variances

            Scope Creep

            Change Control Process

            Change Requests

            Exercise – Perform Change Control

 

Unit 6 – Installation Phase

            Formal Acceptance

            Transition Documentation

Transitioning the team

Discussion – What typically happens during your project’s deployment?

 

Unit 7 – Maintenance and Support Phase/Project Closeout

            Maintenance/ Support Activities

            Maintenance/ Support Concerns

            Formal Project Closure

Discussion – What typically happens during project closeout?

            Contract Closure

            Administrative Closure

            Project Archives

            Lessons Learned

Course Exercises:

This seminar uses the context of an IT project case study to allow the participant to practically apply the tools and techniques covered in the class. Using this case study, the participants, working in teams, will work on the following exercises:

  1. Word Association
  2. Identify Project Stakeholders
  3. Perform a Stakeholder Analysis
  4. Create a Project Charter
  5. Review a Project Scope Management Plan
  6. Create a Project Scope Statement
  7. Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  8. Develop an Activity List
  9. Create a Project Schedule Network Diagram
  10. Estimate Activity Durations and Resources Required
  11. Develop the project schedule and identify the critical path
  12. Compress a project schedule
  13. Develop a high-level project budget
  14. Define Project and Product Quality
  15. Review a Project Quality Management Plan
  16. Create a Project Communications Plan
  17. Identify project risks
  18. Assess project risks previously identified
  19. Develop risk responses
  20. Determine variance from a project plan
  21. Make a recommendation for dealing with project variances
  22. Perform Change Control
  23. Perform Project Closeout


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