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2-Day Project Management Overview
About course

This 14-hour course provides an extensive look at the fundamentals of project management. This course starts with an overview of project management key definitions, knowledge areas, project life cycle models, and project processes. Best practices initiating a project will be discussed including, the importance of meeting business objectives and identifying all project stakeholders. The case study provides attendees with practice preparing key project documents such as; project charter, stakeholder register, work breakdown structure, project schedule, risk register, and communications plan. This course covers Critical Path Method analysis including how to define project tasks, establish dependencies and durations, and identify the critical path. Attendees will also learn how to identify, analyze, and manage project risks. Other topics covered include resolving project change requests and dealing with unexpected risk events. The best practices covered in this course will prepare you to implement project management on your projects. This course also includes coverage of the Agile information provided by the Project Management Institute in the Agile Practice Guide.

Who should attend

This course will benefit project managers with limited experience, project team members, executives, functional managers, and any individuals involved with the planning, implementation, and control of projects.

Course features

This practical course emphasizes project management best practices within the organizational, cultural, and economic environment of today’s business world. Through instruction, dialog and real-world examples and exercises, attendees will be able to:

• Prepare a Project Charter

• Conduct a stakeholder analysis

• Create a work breakdown structure

• Develop a project schedule

• Create a risk register

• Prepare a communications plan

• Manage project changes and risk events

• Integrate the basic functions of project management throughout a project life cycle

Course outline

Project Management Fundamentals

  • Value in Project Management
  • Key Definitions
  • Project Management Knowledge Areas
  • Life Cycle Models and Processes
  • Organizational Structures for Projects
  • Role of the Project Manager

Initiating the Project

  • Understanding Business Objectives
  • Preparing the Project Charter
  • Exercise: Prepare Project Charter
  • Stakeholder Identification & Analysis
  • Exercise: Identify & Analyze Stakeholders

Planning the Project

  • The Planning Process
  • Project Requirements
  • Exercise: Define Case Study Requirements
  • Scope Definition Using a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Exercise: Develop WBS
  • Schedule Development Using Critical Path Method
  • Exercise: Prepare Project Schedule
  • Cost Estimating & Budgeting
  • Managing Project Risks
  • Exercise: Prepare Risk Register
  • Importance of Project Communications
  • Exercise: Prepare Communications Plan

Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling the Project

  • Tracking Project Performance
  • Managing Change Requests
  • Exercise: Decide on Change Requests
  • Risk Monitoring & Control
  • Exercise: Manage Risk Events
  • Closing the Project
  • Project Closing and Acceptance
  • Archives and Lessons Learned

Agile Practices

  • Introduction to Agile
  • Life Cycles
  • The Agile Environment
  • Doing Agile
  • The Organization and Agile
Course information
Duration: 17 hours
Earn: 14 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses the following knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide):

• Integration Management

• Communications Mgt.

• Risk Management

• Stakeholder Management

• Schedule Management

• Scope Management

• Cost Management

• Agile Practices