Fast Start in Project Management

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About this Course

This highly interactive workshop is designed to give participants a solid foundation in the concepts, tools and techniques of formal project management. While introductory in nature, this 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.

Audience Profile

Those who want to understand basic project management skills and concepts.



1. Introduction

Workshop Logistics Workshop Materials How to Get the Most out of This Workshop Workshop Objectives Workshop Content PMBOK® Guide

2. Project Management Concepts

Project Management in the Enterprise Environment Programs Projects and Sub-Projects Portfolios Project Management Offices (PMOs) So What is Project Management? Project Management Process Project Phases Project Life Cycle Rolling Wave Planning What Defines a Successful Project? The Project Management Triangle Critical Success Factors The Project Manager’s Skills and Knowledge The Project Manager’s Role The Project Participants The Project Sponsor The Stakeholders The Project Team The Project Environment Culture and Style Structure Project Management System

3. The People Side of Project Management

The People Side The Social Style Model™ Behavioral Dimensions Assertiveness The Social Style Social Style Characteristics Social Styles, Strengths and Challenges Social Style and Backup Behavior Versatility Working With Others Analytical Social Style Driving Social Style Working With Others (cont’d) Expressive Social Style Amiable Social Style Building on Your Strengths Classification Ethics The Communication Process Virtual Communications

4. Initiating the Project

Project Initiation Defining Need Demonstrating Need and Feasibility Identify Stakeholders Project Charter Project Description Project Purpose Project Objectives Project Requirements Triangle Flexibility

5. Planning the Project

Why Do You Plan Developing the Project Management Plan Components of the Project Management Plan Project Scope Project Scope Statement Project Deliverables Exclusions Constraints Assumptions Approach Plan Procurements Characteristic of an Effective Project Plan The Investment of Planning

6. Decomposition Using a Work Breakdown Structure

Project Decomposition Benefits of Decomposition Decomposition Using a Work Breakdown Structure Benefits of the Work Breakdown Structure Work Breakdown Structure Hierarchy Work Breakdown Structure Format Work Package Work Breakdown Structure Template Work Breakdown Structure Graphic Conventions Work Breakdown Structure Diagramming Rules Demonstration: Work Breakdown Structure Work Breakdown Structure List Conventions Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary Activity Definition Activities Skills Matrix Scope Baseline

7. Estimating

Estimating Accuracy Effort, Duration, and Cost Effort vs. Duration Methods for Estimating Effort Weighted Average Expert Judgment, Delphi, and Parametric Estimating Analogous and Computerized Tools Analogous Estimating Computerized Tools Function Point Estimating Function Point Analysis Estimating Variables Estimating Cost Cost Budgeting Cost Performance Baseline

8. Sequencing and Scheduling

Determining Sequence and Schedule The Network Diagram Diagramming Network Activity Precedence Diagramming Arrow Diagramming Dependencies Milestones Establishing the Network Diagram Precedence Logic Estimating Resources Estimating Duration Lag Lead Apply the Calendar Network Terms Critical Path Calculating Float – Backward Pass Gantt and Bar Charts Time/Cost Target

9. Organizing and Acquiring Staff

Human Resource Planning Acquire the Project Team Responsibility Assignment Matrix Constraints Resource Histograms Resource Leveling Develop the Project Team Team Website

10. Control Plans

Planning for Control Quality Management Plan Quality Planning Quality Assurance Quality Control Communications Management Plan Developing the Communication Plan Change Control Reasons for Change A Typical Change Control Procedure

11. Risk Management

What is Risk? Elements of Risk Management Risk Management Planning Risk Identification Qualitative Risk Analysis Risk Response Planning Responses for Negative Risk Responses for Positive Risk and Opportunity The Risk Response Register Contingencies and Reserves Risk Management Method Risk Management Worksheet

12. Executing the Project

Project Execution Guidelines for Executing a Project Phase Tools and Techniques for Executing the Project Plan Project Kickoff Work Results Tracking Progress via Status Reports Assessing Project Status via Status Meetings Pitfalls of Project Execution

13. Monitoring and Controlling the Project

Project Control Key Control Activities Planning vs. Monitor and Control Prerequisites for Effective Monitoring and Control Performance Monitoring and Reporting Performance Reports Current State Report Original Baseline Report Trend Report Narrative Overview Report Trend Analysis Interpreting Trends Example of Trend Analysis Questions to Ask Yourself Taking Corrective Action To Manage Quality To Shorten the Project Duration To Reduce Costs To Accommodate Increasing Scope Monitoring and Controlling Project Risks Tracking and Logging Changes Requested Modifications Corrective Actions Guidelines for Monitoring and Controlling a Project Phase Pitfalls to Project Control

14. Closing the Project

Closing Administrative Closure Activities Lessons Learned

15. Summary and Conclusion

Critical Success Factors Project Management Functions Conclusion