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Essentials of Project Management


I'm excited about project management! I sense that this is the "missing piece" that I've known I needed but didn't even know what form it would take. I want more!!
- Jenefer Angell, HealthNotes, Inc.


Course Description

This course is a comprehensive 2-day hands-on approach to managing small to medium-sized projects. This course is designed to take the participant from project initiation through project closeout and addresses all the major elements of managing a project throughout its lifecycle. The course will show what steps are taken in what order to ensure all project processes are completed successfully. Upon completion of this course, the participant will have a thorough understanding of what needs to be accomplished in order to manage projects on time, on budget and within scope & quality parameters. Templates for appropriate project documents will be provided.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the difference between the Project Life Cycle, and a Product or System Life Cycle.
  • Understand the minimum set of deliverables needed to effectively manage a project.
  • Be able to write a project charter.
  • Know what activities go on during the Initiation, Planning, Execution, and Closing phases of a project.
  • Know what activities are associated with the controlling processes in a project.
  • Be able to write a project plan for a stand-alone project.
  • Know how to develop a Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Know how to develop a project schedule.
  • Understand how to manage change and change requests.
  • Know how to establish a review and approval process for project deliverables.
  • Understand the fundamentals of Earned Value Analysis.
  • Know how to develop meaningful status reports.
  • Know how to conduct an effective project meeting and what needs to be recorded in project meeting minutes.

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
  2. Project initiation
          Project charter
  3. Project planning
          Identifying the project team
          Basic change control
          Project glossary
          Managing project information
          Kickoff meeting
          Scope planning and definition
          Mission, vision, scope, and objectives
          Work breakdown structures
          Project scheduling
          Organization planning & management
          Change management system
          Reviews and approvals
          Change requests
          Configuration management
          Issue management
          Quality variance management
  4. Project execution
  5. Project controlling activities
          Earned value analysis
          Performance/status reporting
          Meeting minutes
  6. Project closeout

Who Should Attend
Project Leads, new Project Managers, or those needing formal 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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