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Advanced Project Management

Launching a major project without the proper project management knowledge and infrastructure is like taking a float trip down the Colorado River without a guide or a boat. It's a wild ride, and success becomes equated with survival.
- Roger Parish, President, Spectrum Consulting Group, LLC


This 3-day course builds upon information presented Essentials of Project Management Course, and is for those who have either attended that course or who have some familiarity with basic project management concepts. Based on Spectrum's Prizm2TM methodology, this is a practical, hands-on approach to learning project management that is based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 2000 Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Individuals will work together in teams and simulate managing a real project. Learn how to lead and motivate a team, deal with risk, manage quality, and more. At the end of the course, you will come away with a CD containing templates for project management deliverables needed to run programs and projects--templates every project manager should have.

Earn continuing education units by attending this class.

Course Description

This course addresses a wide range of topics designed to expand the project manager's skill set. Topics (such as risk and quality management, information management, communications management, contracting, and more) that aren't covered in the Essentials course, are covered here. Also included is the knowledge and skills needed manage medium to large projects. This includes learning how to manage larger efforts that are made up of multiple projects and or subprojects.

Subject areas covered include advanced concepts related to the integration of the product and project life cycles, the product/system development plan, project plan, advanced concepts in cost estimating and cost accounting, project reporting, cost management, risk management, quality management, organization and staffing, project leadership, change management, information and configuration management, contracting, and the project dictionary.

Taken together, the Essentials of Project Management and Advanced Project Management Courses cover all subject areas addressed in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 2000 Edition, as published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and more.

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between programs and projects.
  • Develop a project dictionary.
  • Develop a product development plan.
  • Differentiate between the different kinds of project plans needed for small, medium, and large projects.
  • Identify different types of organizational models used to manage projects.
  • Understand project governance issues associated with complex projects.
  • Identify the roles associated with the Project Management Office.
  • Improve team performance by applying specific team-building strategies.
  • Develop a Work Breakdown Structure for a large project.
  • Apply advanced concepts in project scheduling, including how to relate the project schedule to the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Understand concepts associated with risk management.
  • Understand concepts associated with quality management.
  • Understand concepts associated establishing measurement systems.
  • Design an information management system to facilitate the reliable storage and retrieval of project information.
  • Implement a comprehensive change management program.
  • Develop a communications plan.
  • Establish a personal library of templates and tools needed by project managers.

Benefits to Your Company

  • Improve project processes, performance, and control
  • Accelerate work progress
  • Increase efficiency
  • Improve on-time and on-budget delivery
  • Avoid scope creep
  • Reduce financial risk
  • Improve quality

Course Outline

  1. Project management framework
          The Business Context Revisited
          Understanding Programs and Projects
          What is a Project?
          Project Management Deliverables for Larger Projects
          The Project Glossary/Dictionary
  2. Planning Medium-Sized Projects
          The Project Charter: An Expanded View
          Develop Project Plans for Medium-Sized Projects
  3. The System/Product Development Plan
          Projects vs. Products
          System/Product Development Plan Overview
          The Business Proposition
          System or Product Description
          Stakeholders, Roles & Responsibilities
          Cost-Benefit Analysis
          Developing a Work Plan
          Risk Identification
          Completion and Evaluation Criteria
          LAB: Developing a System/Product Development Plan
  4. Planning Larger Projects
          Writing Project Plans for Larger Projects
  5. Organization and Staffing
          Organization Models for Project Management
          The Organization Square: A Balanced Perspective
          Roles & Responsibilities
          Responsibility Assignment Matrix
          Identification of Key Personnel
          The Staffing Plan
          Staff Acquisition
          Project Governance for Complex Projects
  6. The Project Management Office
          What Functionality Belongs in the PMO?
          What Functions Does the Project Manager Manage?
          The Relationship Between the PMO and the Project Manager
  7. Leadership and Team Development
          Group Dynamics
          Dealing With Change
          Motivation and How to Motivate Your Team
          Conflict Management
          Twelve Traits of Great Leaders
  8. Work Breakdown Structures (WBSs)
          Developing Work Breakdown Structures for Larger Projects/Programs
  9. Advanced Scheduling Techniques
          Dependencies and Constraints
          Relating the Schedule to the Work Breakdown Structure
          Best Practices
  10. Risk Management
          Understanding Probability, Impact, and Severity
          Risk Mitigation and Contingency Planning
          Dealing With Unknowns
          Assessing Costs versus Benefits
          Schedule and Cost Estimating Risks
          The "Top 10" List
          Risk Management and the Project Plan
  11. Quality Management
          Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Verification, and Validation
          Process and Product Quality
          Developing a Quality Program
  12. Measures & Metrics — The Basis for Decisions
          Gauges and Scales
          Developing Measurement Systems to Meet Project Needs
          Differentiating Measurement Systems from Measurement Methods
          Accuracy and Precision
          So Are Your Measurements Valid? (or, How good is the information you're basing your decisions on?)
          Errors, Defects, and Other Measures
          Earned Value Revisited
  13. Contracts and Statement of Work (SOWs)
          Managing Risk in Contracts
          Elements of a Contract
          Writing a Statement of Work
          Developing Sound Source Selection Criteria
          Managing Contracts and/or Statements of Work
          Relating Cash Flow to Earned Value Analysis
  14. Information Management
          Understanding Document and Records Management
          Managing Project Information (or, How to avoid an information retrieval disaster)
          Document Templates
          Configuration Management
          Policies, Procedures, Standards, & Guidelines
          Managing Workflow
          LAB: Designing document templates
  15. The Communications Plan
          Knowing Your Audience
          Identifying the Channels
          So What Information Do People Need?
          Building a Communications Matrix
          How to Handle E-Mail
  16. Building a Project Management Library
          Templates Every Project Manager Should Have
          Tools That Can Make Life Easier
  17. Tying It All Together
          Reviewing the Project and Product Life Cycles
          Planning the Planning Process
          What to do With Lessons Learned
          "Wicked Problem" Projects

Who Should Attend
This course is for individuals who understand basic project management and want to expand their understanding of project management principles. This includes Project Leads, Project Managers, functional managers, or those needing training in project management to increase project performance, either personally or departmentally.

Course Information
Instructor: Course will be taught by a senior project manager who is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a PMP (Project Management Professional).
Course fee: See Pricing, Packages, and Discounts for more information.
Course Includes: Course Includes: Book: Essentials of Project Management. CD containing document templates. Course handouts.

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