Project Management Essential Skills

Course Description:

In the past few decades, organizations have discovered something incredible: principles that have been used to create enormous successes in large projects can be applied to projects of any size to create amazing success. As a result, many employees are expected to understand project management techniques and how to apply them to projects of any size. This course will give you an overview of the entire project management process, as well as key project management tools that they can use every day.

Research has consistently demonstrated that when clear goals are associated with learning that the learning occurs more easily and rapidly. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define projects, project management, and project managers
  • Identify the importance of the PMBOK and PMI
  • Identify the five process groups and ten knowledge areas as defined by the PMI
  • Describe the triple constraint
  • Perform a project needs assessment and write goals, requirements, and deliverables
  • Create key project documents, including the statement of work, project planning worksheet, and project charter
  • Build a project schedule by estimating time, costs, and resources
  • Understand and use the work breakdown structure
  • Create project planning documents, such as a schedule, risk management plan, and communication plan
  • Use planning tools, including the Gantt chart, network diagram, and RACI chart
  • Establish and use baselines
  • Monitor and maintain the project
  • Perform basic management tasks, including leading status meetings and ensuring all documents are complete at the end of the project

Key Concepts (I)

  • What is a Project?
  • What is Project Management?
  • What is a Project Manager?
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Communication

  • About the Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • About the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • The Five Process Groups
  • The Ten Knowledge Areas
  • The Triple Constraint
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Initiation (I)

  • Identifying Your Stakeholders
  • Assessing Needs and Wants
  • Setting a SMART Project Goal
  • Creating Requirements and Deliverables
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Initiation (II)

  • Creating a Statement of Work
  • Completing the Project Planning Worksheet
  • Completing the Project Charter
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Planning (I)

  • Managing Expectations
  • Creating a Task List
  • Estimating Time
  • Estimating Resources
  • Estimating Costs
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Planning (II)

  • Building the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Creating the Schedule
  • Creating a Risk Management Plan
  • Creating a Communication Plan
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Planning Tools

  • The Gantt Chart
  • The Network Diagram
  • Using a RACI Chart
  • Going the Extra Mile: Microsoft Project
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Executing the Project

  • Establishing Baselines
  • Monitoring Project Progress
  • Triple Constraint Reduction Methods
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Maintaining and Controlling the Project

  • Making the Most of Status Updates
  • Managing Change
  • Place Guide in a Visible Area
  • Case Study
  • Assessment
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