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Fast Start in Project Management

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Course duration

  • 3 Days

Course Outline

This Fast Start in Project Management training is a highly interactive workshop designed to give participants a solid foundation in the concepts, tools, and techniques of formal project management. While introductory in nature, this Project Management course is extremely comprehensive, covering the five key process groups and 38 core competencies associated with effective and efficient project management practice. Participants not only acquire technique-based proficiencies, but also explore and practice essential people skills and teamwork. The concepts and methods learned are immediately usable in the workplace, leading to a greater retention of newly acquired skills, measurable project improvements, and the achievement of desired project results.

  • Learn core Project Management Concepts
  • Learn how Social Styles impact Project Management
  • Learn to define and initiate a project
  • Learn to define a project plan, scope statement and identify deliverables
  • Learn to use a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Learn to estimate task duration and costs
  • Learn to schedule tasks and estimate resource requirements
  • Learn to acquire and assign resources to the project plan
  • Learn to implement quality and change control mechanisms
  • Learn to manage and respond to risk
  • Learn to execute the project plan and track progress
  • Learn to monitor and control project progress
  • Learn how to close a project successfully
  1. Introduction
    1. Materials Needed for Course
    2. How to Get the Most Out of This Course
    3. Course Objectives and Contents
    4. Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)
    5. Knowledge Areas and Introduction of PMBOK
  2. Project Management Concepts
    1. Project Management in the Enterprise Environment
    2. Programs
    3. Projects and Sub-Projects
    4. Portfolios
    5. Project Management Offices (PMOs)
    6. So What is Project Management
    7. Project Management Activities
    8. The Project Management Process
    9. Project Phases
    10. Project Lifecycle
    11. Rolling Wave Planning
    12. What Defines a Successful Project?
    13. The Project Management Triangle
    14. Critical Success Factors
    15. The Project Manager's Skills and Knowledge
    16. The Project Manager's Role
    17. The Project Participants
    18. The Project Sponsor
    19. The Stakeholders
    20. The Project Team
    21. The Project Environment
  3. The People Side of Project Management
    1. The People Side
    2. The Social Style Model
    3. Behavioral Dimensions
    4. Assertiveness
    5. Responsiveness
    6. The Social Style
    7. Social Style Characteristics
    8. Social Styles Strengths and Challenges
    9. Social Style and Backup Behavior
    10. Versatility
    11. Working With Others
    12. Building on Your Strengths
    13. Classification Ethics
    14. The Communication Process
  4. Initiating the Project
    1. Project Initiation
    2. Defining Need
    3. Defining Feasibility
    4. Demonstrating Need and Feasibility
    5. Project Charter
    6. Product Description
    7. Project Stakeholders
    8. Triangle Flexibility
    9. Constraints
    10. Assumptions
    11. Obtain Project Authorization
  5. Planning the Project
    1. Why Do You Plan
    2. Developing the Project Management Plan
    3. Components of the Project Management Plan
    4. Project Scope
    5. Project Scope Statement
    6. Project Objectives
    7. Project Deliverables
    8. Exclusions
    9. Project Requirements
    10. Approach
    11. Planning Purchases and Acquisitions
    12. Planning Contracts
    13. Characteristics of an Effective Project Plan
    14. The Investment of Planning
  6. Decomposition Using a Work Breakdown Structure
    1. Project Decomposition
    2. Benefits of Decomposition
    3. Decomposition Using a Work Breakdown Structure
    4. Benefits of the Work Breakdown Structure
    5. WBS Hierarchy
    6. WBS Format
    7. Work Package
    8. Activity Definition
    9. Activities and Tasks
    10. WBS Template
    11. WBS Graphic Conventions
    12. WBS Diagramming Rules
    13. Demonstration: WBS
    14. WBS List Conventions
    15. Other WBS Considerations
    16. Skills Matrix
  7. Estimating
    1. Estimating Accuracy
    2. Effort, Duration, and Cost
    3. Effort vs. Duration
    4. Methods for Estimating Effort
    5. Weighted Average
    6. Expert Judgment, Delphi, and Parametric Estimating
    7. Comparative and Function Point Estimating
    8. Estimating Variables
    9. Estimating Cost
    10. Cost Budgeting
    11. Cost Budgeting Methods
    12. Spend Plan Worksheet
  8. Sequence and Scheduling
    1. Sequencing and Scheduling
    2. Determining Sequence and Schedule
    3. The Network Diagram
    4. Diagramming Network Activity
    5. Precedence Diagramming
    6. Arrow Diagramming
    7. Dependencies
    8. Milestones
    9. Establishing the Network Diagram
    10. Precedence Logic
    11. Estimating Resources
    12. Estimating Duration
    13. Lag Time
    14. Lead Time
    15. Apply the Calendar
    16. Network Terms
    17. Critical Path
    18. Determine the Critical Path - Forward Pass
    19. Calculating Float - Backward Pass
    20. Gantt and Bar Charts
    21. Time/Cost Target
  9. Organizing and Acquiring Staff
    1. Human Resource Planning
    2. Acquire the Project Team
    3. Responsibility Assignment Matrix
    4. Constraints
    5. Resource Histograms
    6. Resource Leveling
    7. Develop the Project Team
    8. Team Web Site
  10. Control Plans
    1. Planning for Control
    2. Quality Management Plan
    3. Quality Planning
    4. Quality Assurance
    5. Quality Control
    6. Communications Management Plan
    7. Developing the Communication Plan
    8. Change Control
    9. Reasons for Change
    10. A Typical Change Control Procedure
  11. Risk Management
    1. Risk Management
    2. What is Risk
    3. Elements of Risk Management
    4. Risk Management Planning
    5. Risk Identification
    6. Qualitative Risk Analysis
    7. Quantitative Risk Analysis
    8. Risk Response Planning
    9. The Risk Response Register
    10. Contingencies and Reserves
    11. Risk Management Method
    12. Risk Management Worksheet
  12. Executing the Project
    1. Project Execution
    2. Guidelines for Executing a Project Phase
    3. Tools and Techniques for Executing the Project Plan
    4. Project Kickoff
    5. Work Results
    6. Tracking Progress via Status Reports
    7. Assessing Project Status via Status Meetings
    8. Monitoring Project Risk During Execution
    9. Pitfalls of Project Execution
  13. Monitoring and Controlling the Project
    1. Project Control
    2. Key Control Activities
    3. Prerequisites for Effective Monitoring and Control
    4. Performance Monitoring and Reporting
    5. Performance Reports
    6. Current State Report
    7. Original Baseline Report
    8. Trend Report
    9. Narrative Overview Report
    10. Trend Analysis
    11. Interpreting Trends
    12. Questions to Ask Yourself
    13. Taking Corrective Action
    14. Tracking and Logging Changes
    15. Guidelines for Monitoring and Controlling a Project Phase
    16. Pitfalls to Project Control
  14. Closing the Project
    1. Closing
    2. Administrative Closure Activities
  15. Summary and Conclusion

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