PM-ESSENTIALS - Project Management Essentials (18 PDUs)

The ability of a project manager to demonstrate best practices in project management on the job is becoming standard in order to compete in today’s fast-paced and highly technical workforce. In this course students will learn how to apply the formally recognized practices of project management to successfully manage projects. Materials for this course are a valuable on-the-job resource. Files for simulated hands-on activities and exercises included on a CD-ROM, enable students to practice new skills. This course is approved by the Project Management Institute and is eligible for 18 Professional Development Units (PDU’s).

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Prerequisites


Students should have completed Project Management Fundamentals, a course which will provide knowledge of terminology, roles and concepts of project management. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is also required.

Detailed Class Syllabus


Getting Started with Project Management


Describe the basics of project management
Recognize the factors influencing a project

Launching Projects


Identify how an organization selects projects
Identify stakeholders and their expectations
Identify the project scope
Prepare an effective Statement of Work (SOW)
Formally authorize a project through a project chart

Estimating Project Work


Estimate project effort and resources using the top-down estimation technique
Estimate project effort and resources using the bottom-up estimation technique
Identify the techniques used to reduce risks in project estimate

Creating a Project Schedule


Illustrate project flow
Identify activity resources
Schedule project work

Planning Project Costs


Estimate project costs
Establish the cost baseline
Reconcile funding and cost

Planning for Risks


Create a risk management plan
Identify project risks and their causes
Analyze risks
Develop a risk response planc

Planning for Quality and Compliance


Create a quality management plan to deliver the expected project results
Verify project compliance requirements

Managing Human Resources


Plan your dream team
Put the project team together
Build the team; manage the project team
Identify steps to assess team performance

Managing Project Procurements


Plan for project procurements
Conduct a make-or-buy analysis
Obtain responses from vendors
Examine types of contracts and warranties
Manage vendors and procurements

Managing Change During Project Execution


Execute the planned project
Transition from planning to implementing
Define the PMIS and identify common PMIS problems
Manage project changes
Avoid scope creep
Identify change control systems
Monitor the project scope

Monitoring and Controlling Project Schedule and Cost


Monitor and control the project schedule
Understand Earned Value Management (EVM)
Optimize the project schedule
Understand schedule compression and fast-tracking
Crashing the schedule
Monitor and control project costs

Monitoring Risk and Quality


Monitor and control project risk
Put quality plans into action
Use quality assurance tools
Control the quality of the project
Conduct root cause analysis
Use Pareto charts

Communicating and Reporting


Communicate effectively using various methods
Distribute project information
Manage stakeholder relationships and expectations
Report on project performance

Closing the Project


Deliver the project to the customer or the operations team
Close project procurements
Wrap-up a project