A well-planned, well-managed project provides clarity, reduces risk, controls cost, and delivers value to the business.
In this course, you will learn the fundamentals and best practices of project management through hands-on, real-world exercises. Ensure that you are delivering business value by assessing a projects business case, identifying stakeholders and their relationship to your project, capturing product requirements, and establishing quality metrics to guide the development of your product and reassess the business case. Define product scope to provide clarity for project delivery and create a work breakdown structure to define project scope for the team. Manage your project within the planned budget and schedule by managing change and identifying and managing risks, assumptions, and constraints. Track the delivery of business value and close projects out cleanly.
By the end of this course, you should have gained a good understanding and experience of the core competencies that make a successful project manager.
Students pursuing a university-recognized and/or accredited certificate in Canada or continuing education units in the US must attend at least 90% of class time, participate in class exercises and section-knowledge checks, and score at least 70% on an end-of-class, multiple-choice assessment.
PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
This is a BYOD course. Students should bring a PC, Mac, or tablet to class in order to access digital course materials. Students can download a copy of the course materials in their MyGK account.
Articulate the relevance of core project management competences.
Identify key project goals and assumptions and set the stage for value delivery.
Understand how to identify stakeholders and assess how to engage with them during the project.
Meet stakeholder informational needs by creating an actionable communication plan.
Articulate product scope as part of the charter.
Become familiar with the process of eliciting and capturing requirements.
Create the WBS and dictionary that would deliver the scope in the project charter.
Perform a more detailed and systematic assessment of risk.
Articulate guiding quality characteristics for the project.
Sequence activities, create schedule, and estimate the cost of the project.
Manage change in projects.
Track value delivery in projects.
Understand the basics of a project retrospective.
Who Can Benefit
Anyone who is involved in, or affected by, projects or change management within an organization, including project managers, IT project managers, project coordinators, team leaders, product managers, program managers, project team members, subject matter experts, analysts, stakeholders, and senior managers who want to get more out of their project teams
Anyone in a leadership role who will benefit from an introduction to the art and science of project management
You should not take this course if you have taken IT Project Management or Applied Project Management. The subjects covered are the same.
Formal vs. informal project management
Project Management Institute (PMI) framework
Project management life cycle
Role of the project manager
Stakeholder identification and assessment
Planning around project constraints
Converting objectives into requirements
Decomposition of requirements into a work breakdown structure
Developing a work breakdown structure dictionary
Principles of estimating time and cost
Analyzing work and estimating duration of work packages
Determining sequence of work packages
Network diagramming and critical path analysis
Budgeting resources and cost control
Ensuring that all management responsibility areas are included in the project plan
Analyzing risks for probability and impact
Mitigating and planning risk contingencies
Preparing baselines for scope, time, and cost
Obtaining stakeholder sign-off
4. Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling
Team-building principles and priorities
Status and performance reporting
Management by exception
Keeping stakeholders informed and involved
Steering performance back to the baseline
Integrated change controls
Transitioning the product or service
Capturing lessons learned for the organization
Final report to stakeholders
Formal vs. Informal Project Management
Convert Vague Objectives into SMART Objectives
Create a Work Breakdown Structure
Estimate Effort and Duration for Work Packages
Perform Network Diagramming and Determine Critical Path
Estimate Resource Costs for Work Packages
Analyze and Plan for Risk
Manage Project Change
Review Lessons Learned
Project Management Terminology
Establish the Project Background and Develop the Project Mini Charter
Stakeholder Identification and Analysis
Project Roles and Responsibilities
Responsibility Assignment Matrix
Defining Assumptions and Constraints
Change Management Planning
Develop the WBS
Estimate Activity Duration
Calculate the Critical Path
Develop the Project Schedule
Calculating Earned Value
Plan for Closure
Evaluate PM Competencies
Formal vs. Informal Project Management
Create a Project Charter and Present to Sponsor
Begin Discovery Planning: Scope Analysis
Quickly Estimate Time and Cost for Work Packages
Overall Risk Review
Summarize and Report to Management: End Discovery Planning
Begin Iterative Planning: Update Strategy and Revise Scope Documents
Time Analysis: Estimating and Network Diagramming
Risk Analysis: End Iterative Planning
Baseline Planning: Create PMB and Report to Management
Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.
Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?
Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.
How can someone reach me during class?
If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.
What languages are used to deliver training?
Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.
What does GTR stand for?
GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.
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Does ExitCertified deliver group training?
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As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.
Is the training too basic, or will you go deep into technology?
It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.
How up-to-date are your courses and support materials?
We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.
Are your instructors seasoned trainers who have deep knowledge of the training topic?
ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.
Do you provide hands-on training and exercises in an actual lab environment?
Lab access is dependent on the vendor and the type of training you sign up for. However, many of our top vendors will provide lab access to students to test and practice. The course description will specify lab access.
Will you customize the training for our company’s specific needs and goals?
We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth. We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.
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Will I get access to content after I complete a course?
You will get access to the PDF of course books and guides, but access to the recording and slides will depend on the vendor and type of training you receive.
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