Project Management Techniques

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description The Project Management Techniques workshop is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of project planning and management while learning to use Microsoft Project for tracking the activities of projects. Students will identify the features and attributes of a project, determine the actions involved in scope planning, and understand the components of time management. Students will engage in activities to plan and focus on a project, as well as, outcomes of the project.

Throughout the class, students will learn how to use Microsoft Project to create and manage tasks, work with the critical path, use baselines, track progress and evaluate data. Focusing on the generally accepted practices of project management recognized by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI®), this course offers you a standards-based approach to successful project management across application areas and industries.

Study materials and PMI testing preparation information will be provided at the end of the class for those who want to become certified in the Project Manager Professional (PMP) which is the certification available through the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Related Courses: Microsoft Project

Prerequisites
Students do not need project management background. However, exposure to Microsoft Excel or other Microsoft Office applications is helpful. Taking a Microsoft Project class is not a prerequisite, but would be helpful in applying the concepts learned.

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe professional project management.
  • Initiate a project.
  • Plan project work.
  • Develop project schedules.
  • Develop cost estimates and budgets.
  • Plan project quality, staffing, and communications.
  • Analyze risks and plan risk responses.
  • Plan project procurements.
  • Execute project work.
  • Manage project procurement.
  • Monitor and control project work.
  • Monitor and control project schedule and costs.
  • Monitor and control project performance and quality.
  • Monitor and control project risks and procurements.
  • Close the project.

Course Content


THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT LIFE CYCLE

What is a Project?
The Project Management Life Cycle
The Role of the Project Manager

SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS /INITIATING A PROJECT

The Meaning of Success
What Happens in the Initiation Phase?
Project Definition and Scope
Putting Together a Statement of Work
The Project Charter

THE PROJECT TEAM

The Teamwork Challenge
Selecting Team Members
The Team Charter

RISK MANAGEMENT

Project Risk

PLANNING PROJECT WORK

Develop a Project Management Plan
Create a Scope Management Plan
Create a Scope Statement
Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

DEVELOPING PROJECT SCHEDULES, COST ESTIMATES, AND BUDGETS

Create an Activity List
Create a Project Network Diagram
Estimate Activity Resources
Estimate Activity Durations
Identify the Critical Path
Develop a Project Schedule
Estimate Project Costs
Establish a Cost Baseline

PLANNING PROJECT QUALITY, STAFFING, AND COMMUNICATIONS

Create a Quality Management Plan
Document Roles, Responsibilities, and
Reporting Relationships
Acquire Project Team
Create a Communications Management Plan

ANALYZING RISKS AND PLANNING RISK RESPONSE

Create a Risk Management Plan
Identify Project Risks and Triggers
Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
Develop a Risk Response Plan

PLANNING PROJECT PROCUREMENT

Prepare a Contract Statement of Work
Prepare a Procurement Document

EXECUTING PROJECT WORK

Project Plan Execution
Perform Quality Assurance
Develop the Project Team
Distribute Project Information
Request Seller Responses
Select Sellers

MONITORING AND CONTROLLING PROJECT WORK

Control and Monitor Project Work
Manage Changes to Performance Baselines
Review Deliverables and Work Results
Control Project Scope

MONITORING AND CONTROLLING PROJECT SCHEDULES AND COSTS

Topic 9A: Control the Project Schedule
Topic 9B: Control Project Costs

MONITORING AND CONTROLLING PROJECT QUALITY, STAFFING, AND COMMUNICATIONS

Perform Quality Control
Manage Project Team
Report Project Performance
Manage Stakeholders

MONITORING AND CONTROLLING PROJECT RISK AND CONTRACTS

Monitor and Control Project Risk
Administer a Contract

CLOSING THE PROJECT

Close a Project
Close a Contract