Project Management Foundations
Success in project management demands a structured, systematic approach to projects. Develop the core tools and techniques for each phase: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing. Gain a working foundation to better plan and control a variety of projects in your organization.
This is a required class for those pursuing the Project Management Certificate and a recommended first class for those without prior project management experience.
Note: PDUs for the PMP®/PgMP® certifications for Technical, Leadership and Strategic Business are available. Call 414-227-3337 for more information.
Who Should Attend
This course is intended for those individuals interested in learning specific techniques and principles associated with project management and problem-solving. It is suitable for anyone involved in business or project-related activities. Project Managers, and PMPs (certified Project Management Professionals) who need to take training/education seminars for re-certification will also find value in this class.
Benefits and Learning Outcomes
- Get the tools to standardize project management concepts and training throughout your organization
- Gain a comprehensive overview of processes and responsibilities
- Create a plan to use as a basis for managing and directing project work
- Learn key project management processes and concepts
- Create a project charter for establishing the initial parameters of the project
- Focus on “real world” scenarios and techniques
Overview of Project Management
• Defining what is a project and what is project management
• Project management life cycle
• What is a project manager?
• Prerequisites to project initiation
• Identifying stakeholders and understanding their needs and issues
• Types of project managers and reporting relationships
Initiating the Project
• Elements of initiating a project
• Creating a project notebook
• Establishing the core team
• Holding a kick-off meeting
• Beginning initial status reporting
Planning the Project
• Identifying and formulating the project strategy
• Creating a project estimate and schedule
• Summary tasks and work packages
• Creating baseline time estimates
• Identifying resources
• Developing a budget
• Identifying and addressing task interdependencies
• Converting the work breakdown structure into a Gantt chart
• Creating the risk management plan
• Assembling the project plan and having it reviewed and approved
• Steps in the change management process
• Areas of project variance and how variance are tracked and reported
• Managing issues
• Considerations in managing quality
• What to do in crisis management
• Summarizing the elements of the project planning process
Execution and Control
• Assembling the full team
• Establishing metrics and data to be gathered
• Managing communications: status reports
Closing the Project
• Activities for closing out a project
• A final project report and how to produce it
Excellent overview of the project management process and how to approach it in my area and across the whole operations department.
— Class Participant, February 2016
Instructor was awesome! She kept the class interesting and engaging. I appreciate the real life examples that we could all easily relate to.
— Meghan Count, We Energies, February 2016
All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.
Course available May 9-June 17
Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP
CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PDHs: 14, CDUs: 14
Enrollment Limit: 30
Program Number: 5025-9105
Registration Deadline: Mon., May 9