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Project Management
This in-depth workshop is designed for individuals who want  a thorough introduction to  project management best practices and industry-wide standards as documented in the Project Management Institute’s “Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition.  This workshop presents the PMBOK® Guide project management concepts and process framework and provides multiple opportunities for participants to practice creating project management deliverables. 
 
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have worked on the major components of a project management plan, and as a result will leave the workshop with draft project management deliverables for a project.  Through participating in the team exercises, participants gain an understanding of project management principles and are well prepared to plan and execute projects back on the job.
 
Length
24 hours of classroom instruction. Classroom session packaging is flexible and can be delivered in three, four, or six day segments.
 
Audience
For project managers, team leads, and project team members who want to formalize and standardize their project management processes on industry-wide best practices.
 

Learning Objectives

  • List and describe standard project management definitions and concepts
  • Describe the PMBOK® Guide framework of project management processes
  • Define standard project team roles and responsibilities
  • Understand the importance and use of a Project Charter
  • Understand how to identify and analyze project stakeholders
  • Create a project RACI chart, communications plan, and quality management plan
  • Work with a project team to create realistic baselines for scope, schedule, and cost
  • Identify and manage risks – both positive and negative
  • Define and implement a project change management process
  • Understand techniques for leading and motivating the project team
  • Track project progress using standard metrics and earned value concepts
  • Close out the project with a lessons learned session
Methodology
Participants work together in teams of 4 – 6 to select a project and use it to practice with standard project management processes, tools and techniques.  Project management tools created in classroom sessions  include:  project charter, team responsibility matrix (RACI chart), work breakdown structure (WBS), resource estimates, critical path method for scheduling,  and creating baselines for  schedule and budget.  When the baseline plan is completed, we introduce metrics for managing and reporting project progress.  Participants then experience making project management decisions based on simulated progress and random events that can affect any project.   The workshop concludes with a project lessons learned session.
 
Facilitator
The lead facilitator for this course, MS, PMP, is a project management consultant and trainer specializing in practical management processes for technology and process improvement projects. She has more than 25 years of experience in both the technical and management aspects of software projects and has implemented project management processes and training for leading computer software and hardware manufacturers as well as government organizations.  She has led cross-functional project teams to accomplish information technology strategic planning, requirements definition, business case analysis, feasibility studies, and software development.  As a project management consultant, she has worked with Project Management Offices (PMOs) to implement standard project management best practices and software development methodologies. These processes have enabled clients to improve their productivity, reduce rework, and deliver solutions that meet their customers’ needs.
 
 
 
 
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