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.
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
Guide to the Project Management
Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 2000 Edition, as published by the
Project Management Institute (PMI), and more.
- 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
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
Benefits to Your Company
- Improve project processes, performance, and control
- Accelerate work progress
Improve on-time and on-budget delivery
Avoid scope creep
Reduce financial risk
- Project management framework
• The Business Context Revisited
Understanding Programs and Projects
• What is a Project?
• Project Management Deliverables for Larger
• The Project Glossary/Dictionary
- Planning Medium-Sized Projects
• The Project Charter: An Expanded View
Develop Project Plans for Medium-Sized Projects
- The System/Product Development Plan
• Projects vs. Products
System/Product Development Plan Overview
The Business Proposition
System or Product Description
Stakeholders, Roles & Responsibilities
Developing a Work Plan
• Completion and Evaluation Criteria
LAB: Developing a System/Product Development Plan
- Planning Larger Projects
• Writing Project Plans for Larger Projects
- 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
Project Governance for Complex Projects
- 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
- Leadership and Team Development
• Group Dynamics
Dealing With Change
Motivation and How to Motivate Your Team
Twelve Traits of Great Leaders
- Work Breakdown Structures (WBSs)
• Developing Work Breakdown Structures
for Larger Projects/Programs
- Advanced Scheduling Techniques
• Dependencies and Constraints
Relating the Schedule to the Work Breakdown Structure
- 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
- Quality Management
• Quality Assurance, Quality
Control, Verification, and Validation
Process and Product Quality
Developing a Quality Program
- 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
- 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
- Information Management
• Understanding Document and
Managing Project Information (or, How to avoid an information retrieval
• Policies, Procedures, Standards, & Guidelines
LAB: Designing document templates
- The Communications Plan
• Knowing Your Audience
Identifying the Channels
• So What Information Do People Need?
Building a Communications Matrix
How to Handle E-Mail
- Building a Project Management Library
• Templates Every Project Manager
Tools That Can Make Life Easier
- Tying It All Together
• Reviewing the Project and Product
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,
personally or departmentally.
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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