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Project Management Foundations Workshop

Organizations that leverage project management best practices complete projects on time 28% more often and deliver on budget 24% more often than organizations that do not have a strong focus on project management standards.¹ This 2-day hands-on, discussion-oriented workshop allows students to gain a foundational knowledge of project management best practices and provides the opportunity to apply their project management learnings to real-life scenarios. Covering both predictive and adaptive approaches, the workshop emphasizes utilizing the practices that will be most effective within your organization. Upon completion of the workshop, students will receive a certificate of completion.

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the foundational principles, terms, and approaches of project management
  • More effective use of industry-standard project management tools and techniques
  • Experience via workshop activities to practice utilizing project management frameworks
  • Immediate applicability to ongoing projects

What You Will Learn

  • Understand and use project management core terms
  • Explain key project management concepts and their importance to project and organizational success
  • Identify key stakeholder roles and leverage them to engage all stakeholders
  • Develop components of a project management plan appropriate for any type or size of project
  • Select the best practices for a project and apply them appropriately to benefit the project and organization

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for anyone looking to enhance or reinforce their understanding of project management foundational concepts and techniques, including both new and experienced project managers.

Format

Virtual Classroom Project Managament Foundations Course
Virtual Classroom: 2 days of web-based eLearning with a live instructor. To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of individual and group exercises throughout the course. Students need to be prepared for a high level of participation.
In House Project Managament Foundations Course
In-House: If you have 10 or more employees seeking training, we will deliver the course at your facility or in a private virtual session.

Duration / Development Units

2 Days | 16 PDUs, 1.6 CEUs

Outline

Workshop Activities with Breakout Group Exercises Integrated Throughout Course Outline

Project Context

  • Projects, Products, and Processes
  • Project Management Challenges
  • Project Management and the Project Life Cycle
  • Organizational Context
  • Definition of Project Success

Project Approach

  • Predictive and Adaptive Approaches
  • Review of Agile
  • Applying What Works to your Environment

Partnering with Stakeholders

  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Key Project Roles
  • RACI Diagrams Exercise

Starting a Project

  • Project Prioritization and Selection Process
  • Project Charters
  • Developing a Charter Exercise

Planning a Project

  • Plan a Project Exercise
  • The PM Plan Components
  • The Triple+ Constraints

Defining Project Scope

  • The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Creating a WBS Example

Defining and Estimating Activities

  • Getting to Activities from the WBS
  • Defining Activities Exercise
  • Effort and Duration
  • Estimating Techniques
  • Estimating Resources
  • Roll Wave Planning
  • Estimating Activities Exercise

Developing the Project Schedule

  • Sequencing Activities
  • Dependencies, Leads, and Lags
  • The Critical Path and Float
  • Schedule Compression
  • Schedule Formats
  • Developing a Budget
  • Creating a Partial Schedule and Budget Exercise

Planning Project Communications

  • Project Communication Challenges and Best Practices
  • Analyzing Stakeholder Communication Needs
  • Tailoring Stakeholder Communications
  • Communications Matrix
  • Creating a Project Communications Plan Exercise

Planning Project Risk Management

  • Roles and Responsibilities in Risk Management
  • Risk Identification Challenges
  • Identifying Risks: Knowns and Unknowns
  • Contingency Reserves
  • Risk Analysis
  • Expected Monetary Value (EMV)
  • Risk Triggers
  • Risk Registers
  • Planning Risk Responses
  • Creating Risk Register Exercise

Executing a Project

  • Leading and Managing Projects
  • Team Development - Tuckman Model
  • Building Trust
  • Sustaining Stakeholder Engagement

Overseeing and Controlling the Project

  • Risks of Scope Creep and Gold Plating
  • Changing Control Approaches
  • Tracking and Reporting
  • Monitoring Various Aspects of the Project
  • Project Monitoring and Controlling Top 10
  • Identifying Project Tracking Requirements Exercise

Closing a Project

  • Checklist for Closing
  • Lessons Learned
  • Celebrating

Wrap-Up

  • Parking Lot Review
  • New Ideas, Confirmations, and Takeaways
Project Management Foundations Workshop
Virtual Classroom PM-FW Training
Online - Central Standard Time (CST)
2023 Virtual 2-Day Course
Feb 13,14
8:30am-5:00pm
$1,595 USD
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8:30am-5:00pm
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8:30am-5:00pm
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FAQs

Are there prerequisites for this course?

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No, there are no prerequisites for this course. This workshop is designed to reinforce foundational project management concepts and techniques for new and experienced project managers.

What is the format of this course?

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This course is a mix of lecture, discussion, and breakout group exercises. The breakout group exercises will provide you with an opportunity to apply the concepts learned in the lecture and discuss your experience with other participants. Your instructor may also ask questions throughout the lecture to ensure your understanding of the material.

What should I bring to this course?

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Just yourself and a willingness to participate! All materials will be provided.

Does this course include an exam?

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No, this is a workshop designed to teach the foundations of project management. Quizzes, tests, and exam are not part of this course. After you have completed this course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

1. Project Management Institute's Pulse of the Profession, 2018