Project Management Essentials: A Phased Approach (2 days)

The foundation of what every project manager needs to know to successfully manage projects is presented in this two-day Project Management Essentials (PME) course. This course follows a phased approach to managing a project – from initiating to closing; covering the basic concepts of fundamental project management processes, including defining preliminary scope, developing a work breakdown structure, schedules, and risk management. Participants gain an understanding of how the project management processes are used during each phase of a project to build a better, more effective project plan.

Through the use of short case studies, practical exercises, class discussions, and lectures, participants have the opportunity to apply these best practices in a non-threatening classroom environment.

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Key Outcomes

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

  • Review the project charter
  • Hold kickoff meetings
  • Develop a scope statement
  • Identify stakeholders
  • Develop a WBS with your project team
  • Discuss cost and work estimates for your project
  • Analyze a project’s critical path
  • Develop a risk management plan
  • Identify ways to monitor project progress
  • Discuss questions to ask to control schedule and costs
  • Define closeout activities for a project

Course Outline

Initiating The Project

  • Discuss the importance of the triple constraint
  • Discuss the purpose of the project charter
  • Identify stakeholders
  • Perform a stakeholder analysis
  • Identify the elements of two kick-off meetings
  • Discuss the importance of the team charter and project workbook

Planning the Project

  • Define project and product scope
  • Develop a project scope statement
  • Develop an effective WBS
  • Identify the characteristics of the work package
  • Identify elements of the cost baseline
  • Identify distinctions between estimating costs and determining the budget
  • Define two types of estimating techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of schedule terminology
  • Identify critical path
  • Describe the three elements of the project baseline
  • List the three components of risk
  • Identify the seven 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

Executing the Project

  • Identify the elements of directing and managing project work
  • Identify guidelines for project change
  • Describe some components of an effective project meeting
  • Identify three types of project meetings
  • Define the stages of team development
  • Determine the appropriate method of conflict resolution

Monitoring and Controlling the Project

  • Identify questions to monitor project progress
  • Identify questions to monitor schedule and cost

Closing the Project

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