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. Simulated hands-on activities and exercises 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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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