Extreme PM – A Hands-On and Accelerated Approach to Project Management

Four days of concentrated onsite training and hands-on learning designed to accelerate your project management performance.

Course Overview

Extreme PM is an onsite, instructor-led program that prepares full-time project managers for the rigors of project management. Application of concepts is key... and participants enjoy an enthusiastic, interactive environment while sharpening their project management skills and abilities.

This accelerated program is designed for practicing project managers looking for a framework of best practices and techniques that will strengthen their core PM knowledge.

Covering all knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® PMBOK® Guide, the curriculum educates by involvement. This 4-day program emphasizes project leadership and uses a blend of realistic project simulations, exercises, lectures and discussion to help participants develop the necessary skills to effectively manage any size project from beginning to end.

Each of the five core project process groups (initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing) are extensively covered throughout the course.

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Key Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Provide accelerated exposure to current project management philosophy and practices as defined by PMI® in the PMBOK® Guide
  • Function as a forum for “best practice” discussions
  • Foster a common language and understanding of standard project management terms and practices within your organization
  • Provide an opportunity to apply best practices through the use of a life cycle case study

Course Outline

Project Management Foundations

  • Define basic concepts and definitions associated with PMI® based project management
  • Synthesize these concepts with your work environment
  • Discuss your organizational practices which are similar or vary from the concepts presented

Project Planning

  • Apply concepts of team development
  • Synthesize critical project initiation documents into early project decisions
  • Define project scope
  • Decompose scope through the use of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Define a project cost estimate using various techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of schedule terminology
  • Construct a precedence diagram method (PDM) network diagram
  • Describe the risk management process
  • Identify components of a project baseline
  • Identify elements of change control

Project Execution & Control

  • Describe the planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling cycle
  • State the attributes of various executing and controlling approaches used to manage projects
  • Define critical elements of earned value management
  • Identify various behaviors of team members and recognize their implications for the project team
  • Describe various techniques for managing and controlling project outcomes

Project Closeout

  • Identify closeout activities
  • Describe the benefits of a closeout process