Project Management Overview

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This one-day course covers everything project participants, sponsors, stakeholders and managers will need to know in order to understand and participate in the project management process. Participants will learn the significance of effective project management and how their role can affect future project management results; various tools, techniques and processes necessary for sound project management; which areas can benefit from best practice principles; and what it takes to build and be part of a worldclass project management team. *PDUs: 7


Audience: Project managers, sponsors, stakeholders and managers.


Prerequisites:  None


Number of Days: 1 day

1. Project Management Concepts 

Workshop Logistics 

How to Get the Most Out of This Workshop 

Workshop Objectives 

Workshop Contents 

PMBOK® Guide


2. Project Management Concepts 

Project Management in the Enterprise Environment 


Projects and Sub-Projects 

Project Management Offices (PMOs) 

So What is Project Management? 

The Project Management Process 

Rolling Wave Planning 

Project Phases 

Project Lifecycle 

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 Stakeholders 

The Project Team 

The Project Environment 

3. The People Side of Project Management 

The People Side 

The Social Style Model™ 

The Social Style 


The Communication Process 

Virtual Communications   


4. Initiating the Project 

Project Initiation 

Defining Need 

Defining Feasibility 

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? 

Components of the Project Management Plan 

Project Scope 

Project Scope Statement 

Project Deliverables 



Assumptions Approach  

Plan Procurements 

Characteristics of an Effective Project Plan 

The Investment of Planning   


6. Decomposition Using a Work Breakdown Structure 

Project Decomposition 

Decomposition Using a Work Breakdown Structure 

Benefits of the Work Breakdown Structure 

Work Breakdown Structure hierarchy 

Work Breakdown Structure Format 

WBS Template 

WBS Graphic Conventions 

Activity Definition 



7. Estimating 

Estimating Accuracy 

Effort, Duration, and Cost 

Methods for Estimating Effort  


8. Sequencing and Scheduling 

Determining Sequence and Schedule 

The Network Diagram 



Establishing the Network Diagram 

Critical Path 

Gantt and Bar Charts   


9. Risk Management  

What is Risk? 

Elements of Risk Management 

Risk Identification 

Qualitative Risk Analysis 

Quantitative Risk Analysis 

Risk Response Planning 

Responses for Negative Risk 

Responses for Positive Risk and Opportunity 

Risk Management Method 

Risk Management Worksheet  


10. Executing the Project 

Project Execution 

Guidelines for Executing a Project Phase 

Project Kickoff   

Tracking Progress via Status Reports 

Pitfalls of Project Execution    


11. Monitoring & Controlling the Project 

Project Control 

Key Control Activities 

Planning versus Monitor and Control  Prerequisites for Effective Monitoring and Control 

Taking Corrective Action 

To Manage Risks 

To Manage Quality 

To Shorten the Project Duration (Time) 

To Reduce Costs 

To Accommodate Increasing Scope 

Pitfalls to Project Control


12. Closing the Project 


Lessons Learned


13. Summary and Conclusion 

Critical Success Factors 

Project Management Functions