Project Management Basics

In today’s project environment, project managers are challenged to meet the demands of both the customer and their own organization in delivering projects on time, within budget and within scope. To help the project manager succeed in achieving their objectives, it is essential that all members of his/her team become aware of and use sound project management practices. This course is designed to provide project team members with the rudimentary knowledge and skills that will enable them to support the planning, implementation, and monitoring requirements of the project manager. It is intended to give team members an appreciation of the types and quantity of data that project managers require in order to keep a project within the confines of the triple constraints. 

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Key Outcomes

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

  • Develop a scope statement

  • Develop a WBS with your project team

  • Discuss cost and work estimates for your project

  • Analyze a project’s critical path

  • Capture lessons learned during closeout for a project

Course Outline

The Project Management Environment

  • Define a project
  • Differentiate between a project, an operation, a program, and a portfolio
  • Describe the purpose of project management

Project Charter and Project Scope

  • Identify the elements of a project charter
  • Develop a scope statement
  • List the contents of an effective project workbook

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

  • Develop an effective WBS
  • Identify the characteristics of the work package

Defining Estimates for Project Activities

  • Identify the difference between estimating costs and determining the budget
  • Differentiate among the effort, duration, and calendar times of projects

Developing the Project Schedule

  • Define project schedule and its value
  • Demonstrate an understanding of schedule terminology
  • Identify the major uses of schedule views
  • Construct a precedence diagram method (PDM) network diagram
  • Identify critical path(s)

Managing and Controlling Outcomes

  • Discuss the technical and human resource aspects of monitoring and controlling
  • Identify the decision-making process

Closing the Project

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