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.

This class is offered face-to-face or online.

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Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP, CSM

Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP, CSM

As a speaker, mentor, educator, consultant, author and project manager, Sandra Hoskins is committed to working with people who want to create excellence in their life, whether at work, home, play or in their community. Hoskins’ passions are project management ... read more

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 recertification also can 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


"Course content and the new knowledge I gained highly met my expectations!"  —  Brittany Mogg, Miniature Precision Components

"Excellent, knowledgeable instructor! Was very beneficial to have an instructor with her experience."  —  Alex Gunderson, Bluetree Network

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Date: Course available Feb 17-Mar 21

Location: Online

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP, CSM

Fee: $895

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PD Hours: 14, CDUs: 14, PDCs: 14

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5025-12241

Note: Registration Deadline: If the registration deadline has passed, call 414-227-3220 for your enrollment options.

Registration Deadline: Fri., Feb. 14

Registration deadline has passed.

Date: Tue-Wed, Apr 28-29

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP, CSM


$845 by Tue., Apr. 14.
$895 after Tue., Apr. 14.

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PD Hours: 14, CDUs: 14

Enrollment Limit: 24

Program Number: 5025-12016

Registration Deadline: Tue., Apr. 28

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