Project Management Fundamentals - PMFUNDAMENTALS Course Outline

(1 Day)

Overview

This course is a primer on the basics of Project Management. It will provide students with the big picture of how Project Management tools and techniques are used to establish a firm foundation for a project. The student will learn the standard components to a project including key terminology. The class will allow students to create the supporting project artifacts, and manage them through the project lifecycle to its completion. Students will also understand key components of a successful project team including effective communications, behaviors and some advanced project processes including Risk Management.

Audience Profile

  • For students new to the project management industry looking for initial project management education
  • For project managers or equivalent roles within an organization chartered to manage projects
  • Project team members, or managers of project team members looking to understand project management best practices in a supportive role

Prerequisites

There are no specific requirements for this class although experience with projects will be helpful.

At Course Completion

  • Differentiate between projects and non-projects
  • Understand the most-common project life cycles
  • Understand some of the responsibilities of a project manager
  • Learn the importance of a project charter and its components
  • Define goals and objectives to promote project success
  • Learn of the balance between various aspect of a project including the scope or work, scheduling, budgeting, quality, and other elements
  • Understand the concept of a balanced project and the strive to keep all project constraints in harmony for a successful project
  • Identify and respond to project risk
  • Learn techniques used in sequencing project activities to build a project schedule
  • Understand and read the network diagram, identifying the critical path and project activity dependencies
  • Learn techniques to keep the project on target, monitoring its progress, checking for deviation from schedules and budgets, and discussing ways to manage trade-offs
  • Learn elements of project closure including the updating of project files, informing stakeholders of the closure and performing lessons-learned reviews

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Welcome
    • Introduction
    • Intended student
    • Requisites
    • Objectives

  • What is project management?
    • Introduction
    • Project management
    • What are you trying to achieve?
    • Defining success
    • Project start-up checklist

  • Fundamental terms
    • Project
    • The project manager
    • The project sponsor
    • The project team
    • Stakeholders
    • Project phase
    • Operations
    • Project life cycles
      • Predictive life cycle
      • Iterative life cycle
      • Adaptive life cycle

    • Stage gates or checkpoints

  • Activity 1 – Understanding fundamental terms
    • Process groups
    • Knowledge areas

  • Activity 2- Understanding process groups and knowledge areas
  • Initiating
    • Overview
    • The Project Charter

  • Activity 3 – Creating a project charter
    • Capturing Project stakeholders

  • Activity 4 – Completing a stakeholder register
  • Planning
    • Introduction
    • Key outcomes
    • The Project Management Plan
    • Subordinate plans
    • Example Project Management Plan
    • Project Scope Management
    • Schedule and Cost Management
    • Sequencing Activities
    • Understanding Activity Sequencing

  • Activity 5 – Understanding schedule management
    • Risk management planning

  • Activity 6 – Understanding risk management
  • Executing
    • Overview
    • Directing and managing project work
    • Distributing information
    • Managing stakeholder expectations

  • Activity 7 – Understanding project execution
  • Monitoring and controlling
    • Overview
    • Key actions
    • Monitoring schedule performance

  • Activity 8- Understanding schedule performance
    • Monitoring Project Scope
    • Scope validation
    • Monitoring Project expenses
    • Controlling Project quality
    • Changes to a Project
    • Managing the team and controlling the resources
    • Monitoring risks
    • Monitoring stakeholder engagement

  • Activity 9 – Monitoring and controlling your work
  • Closing
    • Overview
    • Key deliverables
    • Closing the project or phase