Project Management Essentials (3 days)

The foundation of what every project manager needs to know in order to successfully manage projects is presented in this three-day course. PM Essentials covers the basic concepts of the five fundamental project management processes: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. 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 best practices in a non-threatening classroom environment.

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Key Outcomes

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

  • Identify your project stakeholders and analyze their influence on your project
  • Develop your team and kick off the project
  • Develop initial scope statement
  • 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
  • Control and manage changes for a project
  • Capture lessons learned during closeout for a project

Course Outline

The Project Management Environment

  • Define a project
  • Describe the difference between a project and a program
  • Describe the difference between a project and an operation
  • Define the project management life cycle process
  • Describe the purpose of project management
  • Perform a stakeholder analysis

Kicking Off the Project

  • Identify elements of a project charter
  • Identify outputs of a kickoff meeting
  • Develop a team charter
  • Identify the elements of an effective project workbook

Defining the Project Scope

  • Define the product scope
  • Define the project scope
  • Identify the elements of the triple constraint
  • Develop a project scope statement

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

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

Defining Estimates for Project Activities

  • Identify the difference between estimating costs and  determining the budget
  • Define the different types of estimates
  • Identify distinctions between 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)      

Understanding Project Risk

  • List the three components of risk
  • Identify the six steps of the risk management process
  • Describe approaches to monitoring and controlling of risk

Managing Change

  • Identify components of a project baseline
  • Identify elements of change control
  • Determine strategies for handling change requests

Managing and Controlling Outcomes

  • Discuss the technical and human resource aspects of monitoring and controlling
  • Identify the decision-making process
  • Recognize the reasons for conflict on projects
  • Determine the appropriate method of conflict resolution

Closing the Project

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

2 day version also available - great for business leaders and those involved in projects.