Project Management Fundamentals

Course Length: 2 Days / 14 PDUs

Course Description:
This seminar provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline.  During the course, project management “best practices” will be introduced, and put into context through various exercises, scenarios and case studies.  The course is designed as a practical workshop, and learning by doing is a key component.  As such, class participants will be asked to work on sample “projects” and be assigned deliverables to produce within a specified time frame.  After each exercise, a review will be conducted offering comments and suggestions for improvement.

Attendee Profile:
Project Team Members, Project Leaders, Team Leaders, Project Managers, Line of Business Coordinators, Business Analysts and anyone who is responsible for the delivery of projects in a cross-functional environment is a candidate for this program.

Course Goals:

  • Develop a foundation in core project management concepts.
  • Apply project management tools and techniques to managing real-world projects.
  • Discover and apply proven project risk management processes.
  • Develop a plan for managing project communications.
  • Learn how to adapt your leadership style to match the development stage of the project team.
  • Learn practical tips and ideas that can be applied in a team-based environment.

Course Outline:

Day 1
1.  Introduction
Session Overview
What is a Project?
     Exercise – Project Success vs. Project Disappointments
     Related Definitions
Where do projects come from?
Portfolio Management
Goals of Project Management
     Exercise – Problems that could be solved using a Project Management approach

2.  The Project Management Framework
Role of the Project Manager
The Triple Constraint
How Do You Define Success?
What is Quality?
Product vs. Process Quality
Quality Planning
     Sample Project – Case Study

3.  Project Planning
Project Scope Statement
     Exercise – Plan the scope for the team project
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Product-oriented WBS
Process-oriented WBS
Steps for decomposing a project
     Exercise – Create a WBS for the assigned section(s) of the Course Case Study

Day 2

Developing the Schedule
Activity Lists
     Exercise – Develop the Activity List
Project Schedule Network Diagram
Gantt Charts
     Exercise – Schedule Development

4.  Project Risk Management
Project Risk
Risk Management – A Structured Approach
Identify Risks
Assessing Risk
     Exercise – Risk Scenario
Plan Risk Responses
Risk Monitoring
Risk Control
Issues and Issue Management

5.  Project Communication Management
Plan Communications
Communications Planning Table
     Exercise – Communications Planning
Calculating Variance
Meeting Guidelines
Team Development

6.  Project Closure
Lessons Learned
Course Summary
Course Review

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