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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 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

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 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

Location: Online

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP

Fee: $845

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

Enrollment Limit: 30

Program Number: 5025-9105

Registration Deadline: Mon., May 9

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Thu.-Fri., June 16-17


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

Register Now