Foundations of I.T. Project Management

Credits 2.1 CEUs / 21 PDUs               3 Days

Course Description:

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 an Information Technology project and will provide the attendees with proven “real life” tools and techniques applied to an IT Project case study.  This course is compliant with the PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition.

Attendee Profile:

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


To ensure your success, we recommend participants have some working knowledge or experience in working in a project environment.

Course Goals:

Develop a foundation in core project management concepts.

Apply core project management concepts to managing an information technology project.

Discover and apply project management tools and techniques applicable to each phase of a System Development Life Cycle (SDLC).


Course Outline:

Unit 1 – Introduction

Unit 2 – The Project Management Framework

Project, Program, Project Management, Portfolio Management
Challenges with IT projects
The Triple Constraint
The role of the Project Manager
Project Phases and Life Cycles
PMBOK Guide Processes

Unit 3 – Concept Phase

Business Case for the project
Stakeholder Analysis
Project Initiation – Project Charter
Assumptions and constraint
Project Scope Statement
Rolling Wave Planning

 Unit 4 – Analysis Phase

Planning Processes
Project Management Plan
Project Scope Management Plan
Requirements Analysis
Configuration Management
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Unit 5 – Design Phase:

Developing the schedule
Defining Project Activities
Activity Sequencing
Activity Duration and Resource Estimating
Estimating techniques
Critical Path Scheduling
Schedule Compression
Resource Leveling
Developing the Project Budget
Cost Reserves
Quality Planning
Communications Planning
Project Risk Management
Risk Identification, Assessment, Response Planning
Procurement Planning
Performance Measurement Baselines

Unit 6 – Build Phase

Project Execution
Information Distribution
Quality Assurance
Project Team Development

 Unit 7 – Test Phase

Project Monitoring and Control
Performance Reporting
Quality Control
Risk Monitoring and Control
Issues Management
Change Control

 Unit 8 – Deploy Phase

Gaining Customer Acceptance
Transitioning the deliverables
Project Documentation
Transitioning team members

 Unit 9 – Project Closeout

Project Closing processes
Contract Closure
Administrative Closure
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.  Participants work in teams on the following exercises:

Why are IT projects challenging?
Why is there interest in project management?
Choose an appropriate Life Cycle
Using the PMBOK Guide
Perform a Stakeholder Analysis
Create a Project Charter
Create a Project Scope Statement
Review a Project Scope Management Plan
Perform Requirements Analysis and Prioritization
Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Develop an Activity List
Create a Project Schedule Network Diagram
Estimate Activity Durations and Resources Required
Develop the project schedule and identify the critical path
Compress a project schedule
Develop a high-level project budget
Define Project and Product Quality
Review a Project Quality Management Plan
Create a Project Communications Management Plan
Identify project risks
Assess project risks previously identified
Develop risk responses
Determine variance from a project plan
Make a recommendation for dealing with project variances
Perform Change Control
Perform Project Closeout


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Foundations of IT Project Management – Projex Group