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Project Management


8-hour webinar

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of the 8-hours of instruction in this four workshop series participants will:

  • Understand basic concepts, skills, and techniques needed to define, plan and manage projects
  • Have applied these skills and techniques to case study projects and situations in class
  • Be better prepared to define, plan and manage projects in the real world
  • Have improved project and task definition and estimation skills
  • Understand the basics of scheduling and risk management
  • Share a common project management language with their peers

Session 1
Introduction and Preliminary Project Definition

Introduces the course and establishes ground rules.  There will be an introductory exercise to demonstrate some common project management challenges.  The balance of the first module will focus on questions to ask to establish project goals.

Formalizing a Project Definition
Takes case study project information gathered in the first module and presents a way for project managers to capture that in a short written definition document called a “Charter.” Class will build a charter using information provided.

Session 2
Introduction to Planning and Defining Tasks

Introduces the planning section of the course and then describes task identification and capture.  Participants will practice identifying tasks for a case study activity.

Building a preliminary schedule
Tasks from the prior module are sequenced and a preliminary schedule developed by participants.  This module teaches scheduling basics.

Session 3
Estimation and Resource Profiles
Introduces a practical process for estimation.  Participants will engage in estimating exercises that show how estimates can be improved.  Then participants will create a resource profile that shows who needs to be available when to support project work.

Optimization and Risk Management
This module completes the planning segment of the course (Sessions 2 & 3) by demonstrating basic optimization techniques and introducing concepts of risk management.  The module ends with a description of presenting the results of planning to sponsoring executives.

Session 4
Managing Projects
Demonstrates how status information is used to track progress against the plan by looking for variances from expectations and discusses how the approach to the project might be modified to achieve objectives and when to recommend that project objectives be changed to be better aligned with the unfolding reality of project progress.

Reporting Status and Project Closure
Final module of the course discusses guidelines for status reporting, including risk and issue management, then discusses project closure.