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Project Management Essentials
About course

Modern project management skills are essential for individual and organizational productivity excellence in today’s business world.  The application of sound project management techniques has been demonstrated to improve the chances of successfully completing work efforts within the constraints of time, cost and quality.  This two-day course prepares you to immediately start to implement the principles and techniques of modern project management within your organization or improve those already implemented.

Who should attend

This course should be attended by project managers, project team members, executives, functional managers, and anyone involved with the planning, implementation and control of projects.

Course features

This practical course emphasizes the essentials skills of modern project management within the organizational, cultural and economic environment of today’s business world.  Through dialogue, demonstrations and real-world examples and exercises, including hands-on exercises using Microsoftâ Project, the student learns how to take projects apart, understand the components, put the projects together again in new, more organized ways and lead the project to success. Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the philosophy of modern project management and be able to implement key generally accepted best practices
  • Be able to develop effective project schedules considering resources and risks
  • Be able to integrate and execute the basic functions of project initiating, planning, execution, control and closing throughout the life cycle of a project
  • Understand the basics of, and be able to use, a modern project management scheduling software system
Course outline

Projects and Project Management

  • Definitions
  • Project Life Cycle and Project Processes
  • Project Initiation
  • The Project Management Body of Knowledge

Basic Scheduling Concepts

  • Basic Scheduling Elements
  • Network Diagrams and Gantt Charts
  • Critical Path Concepts
  • The Concept of Float

Project Planning

  • The Project Plan and Planning Guides
  • WBS, Estimating & Constraints
  • Responsibility Assignments
  • Speeding Up Projects
  • Resource Utilization
  • Multiple Projects

Project Execution and Control

  • Cost, Time and Quality Targets
  • Team Motivation
  • Project Control, Control Cycle & Variance Analysis
  • Project Status & Earned Value Analysis

Case Analysis

Project Risk Management

  • Project Risk and Risk Management
  • Risk Response Strategies
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • The Project Manager’s Role

Project Closing

  • Project Archives, Formal Acceptance & Lessons Learned
Packages

This course is included in the following tracks at a discounted rate if purchased as a part of a track:

Course information
Duration: 14 hours
Earn: 14 PDUs
Delivery Method: Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses all the knowledge areas included in the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)
Sixth Edition.