Project Management Overview

Course Objective:  Provide students with a high level understanding of some of the basic key concepts of project management. 

Intended Audience: Anyone seeking a very broad understanding of Project Management concepts and techniques used in managing a project.

Course Description: This is a one-day high level overview of Project Management.  Key concepts involved in project planning and control will be explored. Students will learn various tools and techniques for project planning and will work in groups on some exercises to get some hands-on practice in using the techniques.

Materials: Copies of slides to be provided by instructor

Topics of Study

Fundamental Project Management Concepts

  • Role of the PM
  • Defining Success
  • The “triple” constraint
  • Defining a baseline

Initiating a Project

  • Defining and understanding the role of project stakeholders
  • Creating a Project Charter
  • Exercise: Identify Stakeholders and Create a Charter for the Sample Project

Developing the Project Scope

  • The Work Breakdown Structure
  • Constraints and Assumptions
  • Creating a Scope Document
  • Exercise: Create a Scope Document for a Sample Project

Managing Project Risk

  • Defining risk
  • Identifying, analyzing, and responding to risks
  • Exercise: Identify, quantify, and respond to 5 risks for the Sample Project

Developing the Project Schedule

  • Identifying tasks
  • Creating task dependencies
  • Estimating durations
  • Exercise:  Develop a simple schedule for the Sample Project

Developing a Communications Plan

  • Understanding stakeholders communications needs
  • Exercise:  Develop a communication matrix for the Sample Project

Controlling the Project

  • Measuring cost and schedule variances
  • Understanding team development and conflict management
  • Managing issues

Closing the Project

  • Conducting Lessons Learned

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