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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 the recommended first course for those pursuing the Project Management Certificate and those without prior project management experience.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those individuals interested in learning specific techniques and principles associated with project management and problem-solving.  This course is suitable for anyone involved in business or project-related activities.  Project Managers, and PMP’s (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

Course Outline/Topics

Seminar Outline

Overview of Project Management
• Defining what is a project and what is project management
• Project management life cycle
• What is a project manager?

Prerequisites
• 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

The instructor utilized all adult learning styles: auditory, visual and hands-on. Group projects were great, and sharing was so helpful to see other perspectives.

— Lenore Ciapetta, F2F class, Kenosha, WI

I am already using tools and information that I learned in this course to better organize and manage projects. Definitely a win-win for my company and me.

— Online Participant, 2014

Online, course available Sept. 8-Oct. 16

Location: Online

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PDHs: 14, CDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8555

Registration Deadline: Tue., Sept. 8

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Thu.-Fri., Oct. 1-2

8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PDHs: 14, CDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8011

Registration Deadline: Thu., Oct. 1

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Online, course available Feb. 8-Mar. 18, 2016

Location: Online

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PDHs: 14, CDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8619

Registration Deadline: Mon., Feb. 8, 2016

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Wed.-Thu., Feb. 10-11, 2016

8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PDHs: 14, CDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8634

Registration Deadline: Wed., Feb. 10, 2016

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Thu.-Fri., Apr. 28-29, 2016

8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PDHs: 14, CDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8615

Registration Deadline: Thu., Apr. 28, 2016

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Thu.-Fri., June 16-17, 2016

8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PDHs: 14, CDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8614

Registration Deadline: Thu., June 16, 2016

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