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Project Management Foundation

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Technical Training Short On Site Course Quote Based on the project-orientation of most organizational initiatives, the ability to successfully manage projects has therefore emerged as one of the most critical capabilities that an organization must possess to remain successful. Despite the importance of solid project management skills, most project managers are forced to learn on the job, which is typically a very risky, costly and inefficient way to learn.

Project Management Foundation is designed for students interested in entering the field of project management or for current project managers who desire to supplement their experience with formalized education and training. This course covers the subjects that a project manager must know in order to plan, schedule, and control a project. The primary objective of this course is to help project managers to develop the skills and knowledge needed to be able to successfully meet their project objectives on time and on budget.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify and formulate project tasks
  • Consistently estimate individual task time and cost within a tolerance of 10%
  • Schedule resources for each task
  • Compute total project time and cost
  • Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to identify project status and project future outcomes.
  • Identify project slippage and formulate corrective actions
  • Communicate status to management and other stakeholders
  • Apply common charting techniques such as TASK, Gantt, personnel loading, and PERT
  • Conduct meetings efficiently and achieve results

Upon completion of the course, students will be awarded 19.5 PDU's by the Project Management Institute.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction

    • What is a project?
    • Common reasons why technology projects fail
    • Critical factors for project success
    • How project management relates to project life cycle processes and activities
    • The role of the project manager
    • The project leader as part-time manager
    • Successful and unsuccessful common traits
  2. Basic Functions of a Project Manager

      Defining objectives
    • Identifying and ordering tasks
    • Establishing estimates and other measurement criteria
    • Organizing resources
    • Providing a reporting mechanism
    • Establishing a change procedure
    • Establishing an acceptance procedure
  3. Planning/Estimating

    • Starting at the beginning
    • Defining project scope (SOW)
    • The importance of establishing measurable objectives
    • Estimating vs. planning
    • What needs to be estimated
    • Planning the project
    • Creating the task list
    • The work breakdown structure
    • Creating task estimates
    • Using the PERT formula: a proven method for improving the quality of the estimates
    • Matching resources to tasks
    • Assigning activities
    • Obtaining commitments for outside resources
    • Using a network diagram to denote task relationships and dependencies
    • Using a GANTT (bar) Chart
    • Using Project Management Software
  4. Risk Analysis

    • Assessing the project's exposure to adverse consequences
    • Components of risk
    • Using the risk analysis questionnaire
    • Communicating the results
    • Using sensitivity analysis to refine the plan
  5. Potential Problem Analysis: The Key to Success

    • Assessing adverse consequences
    • Determining probability and seriousness
    • Adding preventive actions
    • Adding contingent actions
    • Building-in "triggering" mechanisms so you will know that something has gone wrong!
  6. Controlling the Project

    • Basic tenet: You cannot control what you cannot measure!
    • Establishing the proper elements of control
    • Using objectives
    • Knowing the right questions to ask to evaluate progress
    • Developing the change control procedure
    • Using a "trouble log" to manage project problems
    • The use of briefing boards
    • Employing Earned Value Management
    • Determine Planned Value, Actual Costs, and Earned Value
    • Calculate cost and schedule variances
    • Calculate Cost and Schedule Indices
    • Predicting likely outcomes
  7. Project Reporting

    • Reporting to Management
    • Levels of reporting
    • Determining information needs
    • What to report
    • When to report
    • Types of reports
    • Problem
    • Plan
    • Status
    • Approvals
  8. Managing the Project Managerís Time

    • List of what must be done
    • Frequency of preparation
    • When to prepare
    • Breaking down the list for control
    • Value of a project journal
    • Using folders to organize people and to prepare for meetings
    • How to delegate to avoid misunderstandings
    • Control your loss of time at meetings you attend
    • How to manage your own meetings


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