Project Management Professional.
Your ability as a project manager to demonstrate best practices in project management—both on the job and through professional certification—is becoming the standard to compete in today’s fast-paced and highly technical workplace. This course expands upon the basic concepts of project management and covers in-depth the essential elements of managing a successful project. Focusing on the generally accepted practices of project management recognized by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI®), this course offers you a standards-based approach to successful project management across application areas and industries.
Project management professional is one of the hottest careers in the world today. Project managers with proven skills and experience can find exciting, high-visibility opportunities in a wide range of fields. Effective project management isn’t about “putting out fires.” To be a successful project manager, you need to practice a standards-based approach to project management on a consistent basis to ensure that you complete projects on time, within budget, and at the promised quality. This course is specifically designed to provide you with the proven, practical body of project management knowledge and skills that you need to demonstrate project management mastery on the job. Additionally, this course can be a significant part of your preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam. The skills and knowledge you gain in this course will help you avoid making costly mistakes and increase your competitive edge in the project management profession.
Who Should Attend This Course?
This course is designed for project managers who desire to increase their project Management skills and apply a standards-based approach to project management.
Course Method and Materials
The course is delivered using a balanced combination of video, presentation, workshops and discussion sessions. The workshops and discussions are focused on putting into practice the techniques covered in the presentation and video. The workshops are used extensively to reinforce learning and to contribute to the development of understanding. Delegates are provided with a set of comprehensive bound course notes covering the presentation material and workshop exercises, a Workshop Workbook, a two-CD CDROM of relevant resources, and other materials and checklists for future reference and use.
What delegates will gain from the course
- Discuss the phases of the Project Management Life Cycle and a project manager’s role in each phase.
- List and discuss basic project success criteria and common reasons for project failure.
- Discuss techniques for setting up a strong project team.
- List and discuss elements of a Risk Management Plan.
- Discuss techniques for planning and sequencing project activities, including the Work Breakdown structure and the Network Logic Diagram.
- Identify the Critical Path for completing a project on schedule.
- List and discuss the cost elements that should be included in a project budget.
- Discuss techniques for controlling for deviation from budgets and schedules.
- Discuss key elements of project management communications and reporting tools.
- Discuss key activities of project close-out.
Lesson 1 – INITIATING A PROJECT
A. Select a Project.
- The Nature of Projects.
- The Project Life Cycle Project Management Processes.
- Project Management Process Group Interactions.
- Knowledge Areas.
- Initiation Project Selection Criteria.
- Project Evaluation Techniques.
- Project Selection Decision Models.
B. Create a Project Charter.
- Project Stakeholders.
- Project Manager Selection Criteria.
Lesson 2 – PLANNING YOUR WORK
A. Develop an Initial Project Plan.
- Project Plan Development.
- Organizational Policies.
B. Create a Scope Statement.
- Scope Planning.
- Product Analysis.
- Alternatives Identification.
- Project Objectives.
- Scope Management Plan.
C. Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
- Scope Definition.
- The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
- Code of Accounts.
Lesson 3 – DEVELOPING PROJECT SCHEDULES, COST ESTIMATES, AND BUDGETS
A. Create an Activity List.
- Activity Definition.
B. Create a Project Network Diagram.
- Activity Sequencing.
- Activity Dependencies.
- Precedence Relationships.
- Project Network Diagrams.
- Conditional Diagramming Methods.
C. Acquire Activity Duration Estimates.
- Activity Duration Estimating.
- Analogous Estimating Technique.
- Quantitatively-based Durations.
- Reserve Time.
- PERT Estimating.
D. Identify the Critical Path.
- Schedule Development.
- Mathematical Analysis.
- Standard Diagramming Notations.
- The Critical Path.
E. Develop a Project Schedule.
- Project Schedule.
- Schedule Management Plan.
- Fast Tracking.
- Resource Leveling.
F. Determine Resource Requirements.
- Resource Planning.
- Project Resources.
G. Estimate Project Costs.
- Cost Estimating.
- Analogous Estimating Technique.
- Parametric Modeling Estimating Technique.
- Bottom-up Estimating Technique.
H. Establish a Cost Baseline.
- Cost Budgeting.
- Cost Baseline.
- Cost Assignment Methods.
Lesson 4 – PLANNING PROJECT QUALITY, STAFFING, AND COMMUNICATIONS.
A.Create a Quality Management Plan.
- Quality Planning.
- Cost of Quality.
- Standards and Regulations.
- Operational Definitions.
- Bench marking.
- Design of Experiments.
B.Document Roles, Responsibilities, and Reporting Relationships.
- Organizational Planning.
- Organizational Structures.
- Project Interfaces.
- Staffing Management Plan.
- Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM).
C. Assign Project Staff.
- Staff Acquisition.
- Staff Acquisition Methods.
D. Create a Communications Management Plan.
- Communications Planning.
- Communications Requirements.
Lesson 5 – ANALYZING RISKS AND PLANNING RISK RESPONSE.
A. Create a Risk Management Plan.
- Risk Management Planning.
- Risk Tolerance.
- Decision-making and Risk.
B. Identify Project Risks and Triggers.
- Risk Identification.
- Risk Categories.
- Information-gathering Techniques.
C.Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis.
- Qualitative Risk Analysis.
- Data Precision Ranking.
- Probability Scales.
- Impact Scales.
- Probability/Impact Risk Rating Matrix.
- Project Risk Ranking.
D.Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis.
- Quantitative Risk Analysis.
- Statistical Analysis.
- Probability Distributions.
- Sensitivity Analysis.
- Decision Tree Analysis.
E. Develop a Risk Response Plan.
- Response Planning.
- Risk Avoidance.
- Risk Transference.
- Risk Mitigation.
- Risk Acceptance.
Lesson 6 – PLANNING PROJECT PROCUREMENT
A. Prepare a Statement of Work.
- Procurement Planning.
- Make-or-Buy Analysis.
B. Prepare a Procurement Document.
- Solicitation Planning.
- Evaluation Criteria.
Lesson 7 – WORKING THE PLAN.
A. Execute the Project Plan.
- Project Plan Execution.
- Work Authorization System.
- Status Review Meetings.
- Project Management Information System (PMIS).
- Work Results.
B. Implement Quality Assurance.
- Quality Assurance.
- Quality Audits.
C. Develop the Project Team.
- Team Development.
- Team-building Activities.
- Reward and Recognition System.
- Conflict Management.
D. Distribute Project Information.
- Information Distribution.
E. Solicit Proposals, Quotes, or Bids.
F. Select a Seller.
- Source Selection.
- Weighting System.
- Contract Negotiation.
- G. Administer a Contract.
- Contract Administration.
- Contract Change Requests.
- Production Surveillance.
Lesson 8 – CONTROLLING THE PROJECT.
A. Manage Changes to Performance Baselines.
- Integrated Change Control.
- Change Control System.
- Configuration Management.
B. Review Deliverables and Work Results.
- Scope Verification.
C. Control Project Scope Changes.
- Scope Change Control.
D. Control the Project Schedule.
- Schedule Control.
- Earned Value Management (EVM).
- Schedule Performance Measurement.
- Schedule Variance Schedule Performance Index (SPI).
E. Control Project Costs.
- Cost Control.
- Cost Variance (CV).
- Cost Performance Index (CPI).
- Estimate at Completion (EAC).
F. Control Project Quality.
- Quality Control.
- Causes of Variance.
- Control Charts.
- Pareto Diagrams.
- Statistical Sampling.
G. Report Project Performance.
- Performance Reporting.
H. Monitor and Control Project Risk.
- Risk Monitoring and Control.
- Project Risk Response Audit.
Lesson 9 – CLOSING THE PROJECT
A. Obtain Formal Acceptance.
- Administrative Closure.
- B. Close out a Contract.
- Contract Closeout.
- Procurement Audits.
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