PM in Motion: an Essential Project Simulation

This 2-day workshop presents the skills needed to effectively manage projects combined with a simulation that reinforces these skills.  Participants learn the essential concepts of the five project management processes: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. The simulation enables participants to put these learnings into motion. This unique experience is suitable to project managers at all levels, as well as those who want to learn more about the world of project management.

Within the simulation, real-world decisions are made that impact the result of the project. The simulation presents challenges, changes, twists, and turns similar to those encountered in a real-world project. Each decision made leads the team down a unique project path.

The goal is to complete the project on time and under budget while keeping your team motivated, risks managed, and a quality project produced.  Can you do it?

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Key Outcomes

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

  • Develop a WBS with your project team
  • Discuss cost and work estimates for your project
  • Analyze a project’s critical path
  • Perform a stakeholder analysis
  • Outline a risk management plan
  • Develop a scope statement
  • Identify ways to monitor project progress
  • Define closeout activities for a project


Course Outline

The Project Management Foundations

  • Discuss the purpose of the project charter
  • Develop an effective WBS
  • Identify the characteristics of the work package
  • Identify distinctions between estimating costs and determining the budget
  • Demonstrate an understanding of schedule terminology
  • Identify a critical path
  • List the three components of risk

Communications and Stakeholders

  • Identify stakeholders
  • Perform a stakeholder analysis
  • Identify the elements of two kick-off meetings
  • Discuss the importance of the team charter

Risk Planning & Management

  • Identify the six steps of the risk management process
  • Identify the difference between qualitative and quantitative risk analysis
  • Categorize strategies for negative risks, positive risks, and for all risks

Scope Management

  • Define project and product scope
  • Develop a project scope statement
  • Identify the elements of the scope baseline
  • Discuss strategies to implement to monitor progress

Project Close

  • Describe the benefits of a closeout process
  • Identify closeout activities
  • Develop a plan to document lessons learned